The Pennsylvania State Senate and the House of Representatives declared May 3-9, 2020 as “Conservation District Week.”
Each county (with the exception of Philadelphia) within Pennsylvania has a conservation district office with staff and directors dedicated to addressing local conservation issues and resource concerns. These are neighbors and often friends who are actively working to prevent pollution and soil erosion–work that deserves to be celebrated!
Conservation district staff work every day to improve the lives of the Commonwealth’s citizens.
The Berks County Conservation District works tirelessly to promote our mission of “conserving natural resources for the future”. Check-out the links and information below to learn about projects completed and grants awarded this past year which directly address resource concerns in Berks County.
TULPEHOCKEN CREEK RESTORATION
A collaborative effort between Berks County Conservation District, PennDOT, AECOM, and PA Fish & Boat Commission, this restoration project on the Tulpehocken Creek included in-stream structures completed in Fall 2019 and riparian buffer plantings completed in Spring 2020. These enhancement practices will ultimately improve the environmental health of the Tulpehocken Creek by supporting diverse habitats for freshwater aquatic species reproduction, reducing streambank erosion, and improving overall water quality through reduced pollutant inputs.
The Berks County Conservation District is excited to announce good news is on the way for Berks County farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In April 2020, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) awarded more than $200 million for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), including $2,232,143.00 toward Berks County agricultural operations within the Chesapeake Bay to implement agricultural BMP’s. RCPP is a partner-driven approach to conservation that funds solutions to natural resource challenges on agricultural land.
Berks County at the Forefront of SLF Control
Berks County Conservation District implemented the inaugural year of it’s Spotted Lanternfly Control Program funded through the Department of Agriculture, the State Conservation Commission and additional funds supplemented by Berks County. In 2019, 16 total properties (encompassing 699 acres) were controlled for Spotted Lanternfly. This control included killing 7,963 Ailanthus altissima (Tree-of-heaven, a host plant for SLF) and systemically injecting (upon feeding injected tree, SLF die) 106 trees.