Grant awarded to prevent pollution of local waters

The Berks County Conservation District was recently awarded $2,500 to work with landowners to prevent pollution in our local streams, lakes, and rivers. The mini-grant was provided through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Outreach Program Office (administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts). The CREP Program pays farmers …

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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 the 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 …

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CREP Field Day June 18, 2016 – 10 am -1 pm

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Learn how to establish and maintain the trees planted along your stream installed through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) by joining us for a field walk on June 18, 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The field day will be held at 101 Showers Road, Wernersville. Come learn …

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Paint the Rain Winners Announced!

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The “Paint the Rain” rain barrel decorating contest is a contest for high schools throughout Berks County (public, private, charter, home school, etc.) to artistically paint Berks County Conservation District (BCCD) rain barrels. This year’s theme is “We all need trees.” In total, 18 barrels were painted and nine different …

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DHCLS Slider 2016

Registration is now open for the Don Hartman Conservation Leadership School  For: All high school students in public, private, online and/or home schools Unique Opportunity: Gain Community Service Hours needed for graduation while learning from local leaders about careers in conservation and ecology Choose: You get to pick which program you attend. …

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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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Avian Influenza and Biosecurity

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Avian influenza (AI) or highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly known as “bird flu,” is caused by an influenza type A virus.  Since December 2014, USDA has confirmed several cases of AI in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as …

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