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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Employment Opportunity

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Insect Control and Outreach Assistant This is a full-time, multi-responsibility position. Candidates must: • Be self-motivated and driven • Have exceptional organizational and time management skills • Possess excellent computer and communicative skills • Be able to manage and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously General duties include work with the following …

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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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Spotted Lanternfly Research Tour in Berks County

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Penn State Extension partnered with the Berks County Conservation District to host a Spotted Lanternfly Research tour for public officials on August 28th to share more information regarding the research efforts to better understand and control the SLF outbreak. The all-day tour is scheduled to stop at farms, Senator Schwank’s office, …

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Free Tire Collection

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  There will be a free tire collection for Berks County residents and farmers. The event will be held at two locations on Friday, November 2, 2018.  For details and to set up an appointment, read and fill out the scheduling forms below, depending on the size of the tires …

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Next round of REAP: August 6th, 2018

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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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Trout in the Classroom

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The Berks County Conservation District is partnering with the Trout Unlimited Tulpehocken Chapter to sponsor a Trout in the Classroom program in every School District in Berks County! Trout in the Classroom is a Trout Unlimited program that provides schools with aquarium equipment, assistance with set up, faculty training, and live …

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Clean Water Farm Award goes to Berks County farm

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The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) in conjunction with the award sponsor, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), presented the operators of four PA farms with the Clean Water Farm Award during its annual conference on July 18, 2018 in Lancaster, PA. The honor is awarded annually …

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Talking about Stormwater

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Stormwater is Impairing Berks County Streams… Rainwater and melting snow runs over lawns, parking lots, and farm fields, through city streets and forests, picking up and carrying pollutants into our streams, rivers, and oceans.  Typically, we can see  this “stormwater” flow off our driveways or down our streets during a …

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