Invasive Insect Found in Berks County

On Sept. 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence of Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, (WHITE)) in Berks County, as part of its responsibility to identify plants/weeds, insects and mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses that impact Pennsylvania’s natural resources, flora and …

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2019 ANNUAL SEEDLING SALE

Pre-orders for BCCD’s 2019 Annual Seedling Sale are due by February 22, 2019. Mail your order form to BCCD, 1238 County Welfare Road, Suite 200, Leesport, PA 19533. Seedlings will be available for pick up on April 26, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Berks County Agricultural Center (1238 County …

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Spotted Lanternfly Control Program Applications Available

The Berks County Conservation District’s (BCCD) Spotted Lanternfly Control Program overall objective is to reduce the number of Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) by treating and eliminating one of the invasive insects’ preferred host trees, the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima).  Several Tree of Heaven trees will be left and treated …

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WATERSHED CONGRESS ALONG THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER

Date:  March 9, 2019 Location:  Montgomery County Community College – West Campus Pottstown, Pennsylvania Registration for the 2019 Watershed Congress is NOW OPEN! About the Watershed Congress The Watershed Congress Along the Schuylkill River advances the best available information and techniques for protecting and restoring watersheds. The focus on networking across disciplines …

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Employment Opportunity

The Berks County Conservation District (BCCD) has an opportunity for employment as an Urban Resource Conservationist (URC). Job Description: URC’s process NPDES permits, review project erosion and sediment control plans as per the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) guidelines. BCCD has delegation agreements with DEP for Chapter 102, PCSM, Chapter …

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Flooding and Maintenance of Pennsylvania Streams

The PADEP has recently published information on maintaining streams on your property, including a fact sheet on emergency removal of debris from streams and advice on flood prevention and management. This information is especially useful in light of recent rainfall and flooding events across Berks County during the summer of …

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Conservation Poster Contest

The BCCD is hosting a poster contest! The contest is open to all public and private schools (K to 6th grade) and the stewardship theme is “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper! Due date for the posters to be submitted is Friday, April 5, 2019. Judging will take place April 12th-April …

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Next round of REAP: August 6th, 2018

The next round of REAP is scheduled to begin August 6th, 2018. What’s new for 2018: Cover Crops – Farmers can now apply for up to 3 years of proposed cover crop plantings. In addition, applicants are eligible to receive credits on the same acreage more than once. Applicants are no longer …

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Updates to Notice of Termination forms

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has revised the Notice of Termination forms effective 7/2017. Revised forms can be found at: http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-13624. This link includes the NOT form for projects submitted after 11/19/2010, as well as the revised NOT for projects submitted prior to this date. The link also contains instructions for the …

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