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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SAVE THE DATE: FREE CONTRACTOR WORKSHOP

Silt Fence

On Wednesday April 13, 2016 the BCCD will be hosting a free workshop. Contractors, Municipal Public Works/Road Crews, and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend.  Detailed information is below, to register email Eric.Hout@Berkscd.com or call 610-372-4657 ext: 205    

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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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Tree Seedling Sale – Place your order now!

Tree seedling sale

The Berks County Conservation District is now taking orders for the 2016 Tree Seedling Sale. April 22, 2016 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm The 2016 Seedling Sale has a lot of variety to provide something for everyone! Colorful brochures are available – check them out today by clicking on the following …

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Conservation Poster Contest

We all need trees

The BCCD is hosting a poster contest! The contest is open to all public and private schools (K to 12th grade) and the stewardship theme is “We all Need Trees” Due date for the posters to be submitted is Friday, April 8, 2016. Judging will take place Tuesday, April 12th with …

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FARM program – Become a member now!

Farm logo for website

FARM (Farmers Achieving Resource Management) is a free program offered by the Berks County Conservation District (BCCD) designed to better serve and build relationships within our agricultural community. Read more here.

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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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Farmers can R.E.A.P. the Benefits of Conservation

REAP

The 2015-2016 REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) Application is now on the Department of Agriculture’s Website. REAP is a tax credit program for agricultural producers who install best management practices or make equipment purchases that reduce erosion and sedimentation that impacts Pennsylvania’s streams and watersheds. Farmers may receive tax credits of …

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