Friday, January 20, 2017

Apply For DCNR Conservation Partnership, Riparian Buffer Grants Starting Jan. 23

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will begin accepting applications for the next round of Community Conservation Partnership Grants January 23.  The grant round closes April 12.  
The grant program focuses on planning, acquisition, and development activities associated with conservation areas, community parks, trails, river conservation and recreation-- and new this year-- riparian buffer areas.
For grant guidelines, priorities and more, visit DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Grant webpage.  DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Regional Advisors can also be helpful in the grant process or call DCNR Grants Customer Service at 1-800-326-7734 or send email to:

January Catalyst Newsletter Now Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

The January issue of The Catalyst newsletter is now available from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition in Butler County featuring articles on--
-- 2016 Year In Review: Partnering With You To Improve Our Watershed
-- Thank You From Slippery Rock Campground Assn For Streambank Restoration (photo)
-- The KIDS Catalyst: Animals Years In The New Year
-- Micro-Hydro Power Presenter To Be Featured At March 9 SRWC Meeting
-- Click Here to sign up for your own copy.
The Catalyst newsletter is distributed to over 1,100 individuals in over a dozen countries including: Brazil, Peru, South Korea, Mexico, England, Wales, Venezuela, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.
For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, visit the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition website.

Center For Watershed Protection National Watershed & Stormwater Conference April 4

The Center for Watershed Protection will host the 2017 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference on April 4.  
Participants have the option to attend the Conference online or at a regulation hub location-- Baltimore is included.
The Conference theme is “Connecting Practitioners to Innovative Ideas” and will focus on emerging trends to protect and restore watersheds and manage stormwater.
Learn about case studies, special regional considerations and recent research from experts around the country highlighting effective tools and innovations.
For more information and to register, visit the Center’s National Watershed & Stormwater Conference webpage.

PA Environmental Professionals Accepting Nominations For Karl Mason, Walter Lyon Awards

The PA Association of Environmental Professionals is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Karl Mason and Walter Lyon Awards.  The deadline for nominations is March 3.
The awards are presented to Pennsylvanians who made a unique and creative contribution to the field of environmental management in Pennsylvania with preference given to the fields of administration, law, regulation and community organization.
Each year, the Karl Mason Award is presented to meritorious nominees selected by the PAEP Board of Directors.  The Walter Lyon Award will be selected in the same manner and has been an annual addition that started in 2014.
One nominee will be chosen for the two categories as follows:
-- An individual who demonstrated exemplary leadership in the field of environmental management. (the Karl Mason Award)
-- An organization, project or program that made a unique, creative, or significant contribution toward maintenance or restoration of Pennsylvania’s environmental quality or to the field of environmental management. (the Walter Lyon Award)
Karl Mason served as Pennsylvania’s first State Environmental Administrator from 1952 to 1966.  Karl’s holistic vision of environmental management embraced essential, but conflicting, needs associated with waste disposal and community environmental protection.  
The general framework established by Karl serves as the foundation for Pennsylvania’s environmental protection programs to this day.  
Karl believed and put into practice the notion that environmental protection is primarily the business of professionals who have the skills, by virtue of their scientific training, to manage the technical and scientific complexities of maintaining a safe, healthy and clean environment.
He was committed to the belief that continuing education was an essential part of the career of every environmental professional.
Walter Lyon began his professional career as a sanitary engineer at the U.S. Public Health Service in Washington D.C. serving as Assistant Chief of the Planning and Development Branch, Division of Engineering Resources from 1950-1954.
He then served for three-years as the Assistant Chief of the Environmental Health Section, Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
From 1983 to 2013, Walter went on to teach and consult in the areas of environmental engineering and water policy.  
For many years, Walter participated in the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals conferences and special events and generously shared his knowledge and experience.  
He was a strong advocate for employing highly educated, qualified, and experienced environmental professionals in the public and private sectors and serves as a role model for the environmental professionals of today and tomorrow.
PAEP is pleased to honor their contributions to environmental professionalism and commemorate the vision of both of these pioneers.
The 2016 winners were Carol Collier, Karl Mason Award and the Natural Lands Trust is the winner of the Walter Lyon Award.
The Karl Mason and Walter Lyon Award presentations will take place at the PAEP Annual Statewide Conference, April 5-7 at the Toftrees Resort, State College, PA. PAEP is now celebrating 31 Years of Advancing Pennsylvania’s Environmental Professionals.
To submit a nomination or for more information, visit the Karl Mason and Walter Lyon Awards webpage.
For more information on programs, initiatives, workshops and other special events, visit the PA Association of Environmental Professionals website.  Click Here for regular updates on PAEP activities or Like them on Facebook.

Wildlife Leadership Academy Seeks Students For Youth Conservation Ambassadors

The Wildlife Leadership Academy in Lewisburg, Union County, has opened its exclusive Youth Conservation Ambassador nomination process to the public and is currently seeking referrals of motivated students ages 14 to 17 to become Certified Conservation Ambassadors.
Nominated students should have demonstrated interest in wildlife and/or fisheries conservation.
Accepted nominees will become certified Conservation Ambassadors through attending one of five 5-day residential summer field schools which will focus on white-tailed deer, bass, brook trout, ruffed grouse, turkey, and black bear.
Students in each field school will gain extensive knowledge about wildlife/fisheries and conservation, leadership experience, and communication skills.
Applicants may be nominated by an adult who knows them well but is not a relative (teacher, school counselor, Envirothon advisor, employer, youth group leader, etc.).
 Students who successfully complete the program receive a letter of a recommendation for college applications; certification of community service work, and a certificate designating them as Conservation Ambassadors, and are also eligible to apply for three college credits through Cedar Crest College, return to the Academy tuition free the following year, compete for college scholarships, and join an Academy Alumni Network of 100+ wildlife, fisheries, and conservation professionals.
Students are also eligible to apply for three college credits through Cedar Crest College, return to the Academy tuition free the following year, compete for college scholarships, and join an Academy Alumni Network of 100+ wildlife, fisheries, and conservation professionals.
Academy Alumni and Conservation Ambassador Luke Benzinger of Westmoreland County describes his participation in the program as “life changing”.
He shared, “My whole life changed since attending the Wildlife Leadership Academy where I talked to so many knowledgeable adults who wanted to spend time with other teenagers that were there with me.  These adults opened my eyes to what I could do to teach everyone else in the world about the passion I have for the outdoors.”
Letters to nominated students, with an invitation to apply to the 2017 program, will be sent out January 1, 2017.
The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations and is administered by the PA Institute for Conservation Education whose mission is to connect people, nature and community.  
For more information and to nominate a student, visit the Youth Conservation Ambassador webpage or contact Program Coordinator, Katie Cassidy, by sending email to:  or call 570-939-5109.  
You can also connect with the Academy by visiting the Wildlife Leadership Academy website or Facebook page.

Nominations Being Accepted For President’s Environmental Youth Award

The President’s Environmental Youth Award Program is now accepting nominations for the 2017 winners.  The deadline is March 1.
The President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth and promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement.
Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to recognize young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology.
It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's youth.
For more information and to submit nominations, visit the President’s Environmental Youth Award webpage.

PA Environmental Council Environment Ride 2017 Set For June 2-4

The PA Environmental Council will hold its 2017 PEC Environment Ride in Southeast PA on June 2 to 4.
On Friday, June 2, three-day riders will gather in Doylestown for safety orientation and lunch prior to riding off to Bethlehem through beautiful (and hilly) northern Bucks County. The overnight will be at the Hyatt Place in the heart of historic downtown Bethlehem with a delicious dinner within walking distance.
After a great night’s rest, the ride along the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers through lovely rolling landscapes to Trenton will kick off at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday night riders will check into the Element Hotel in Ewing NJ and enjoy an elegant dinner at the nearby charming Yardley Inn on the Delaware River.
Sunday, participants will ride 40 miles to Center City Philadelphia, following the path of the Delaware Canal and East Coast Greenway through historic river towns  to our closing party at the Fairmount Waterworks overlooking the Schuylkill River.
Sunday’s course is varied, more urban, and relates to PEC’s work in facilitating development of The Circuit Trails and the East Coast Greenway.
To register or for more information, visit PEC’s Environment Ride webpage.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

CBF-PA Names Lane Whigham Outreach & Advocacy Manager In Pennsylvania

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Thursday announced it has named Lane Whigham as its Pennsylvania Outreach and Advocacy Manager.
“We all have roles to play in protecting our rivers and streams,” CBF’s Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell said. “With Lane’s leadership, CBF’s outreach and advocacy programs intend to galvanize citizens and encourage elected leaders to take action in their own backyards and in the halls of government.”
Whigham will oversee CBF’s grassroots and outreach programs in Pennsylvania, stressing to the importance of clean water through education, participation, and calls to action.
“While we’re facing many challenges in keeping local waters healthy, I’m certain that Pennsylvanians are up to the challenge,” Whigham said. “I look forward to working with our clean water advocates at many of our upcoming events in Pennsylvania.”
Efforts in Pennsylvania and other Bay states have contributed to an improvement in Bay health, as noted in CBF’s 2016 State of the Bay report, which can be found on the CBF website. But work to reduce pollution in the Keystone State is far from finished.
Roughly 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams are damaged by pollution and half of the freshwater that flows into the Chesapeake Bay comes from the Keystone State. The Commonwealth is significantly off-track in meeting its Clean Water Blueprint goals.
Whigham previously managed CBF’s Pennsylvania Student Leadership Program. He coordinated leadership and advocacy activities for students in a variety of school districts and youth organizations in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
From 2011-2015, Whigham worked as a school administrator, managing a special education school in Cumberland County. During his tenure, he was instrumental in designing the school’s first vocational program. Prior to his work as an administrator, Whigham was a special education English teacher.
Whigham also currently works at his family’s replacement heifer farm in Carlisle, Cumberland County, and raises organic chickens at his home in Walnut Bottom, Cumberland County.
Whigham can be contacted by sending email to: or calling 717-234-5550 ext. 4202.
For more on Chesapeake Bay-related issues in Pennsylvania, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA webpage.  Click Here to sign up for Pennsylvania updates (bottom of left column).  Click Here for a copy of CBF-PA’s most recent newsletter.

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