It is time to start thinking SPRING and we have something to help with that. It’s time to order seedlings from our Annual Seedling sale. 2014 marks the 44th year of the Wayne Conservation District seedling sale. Some big changes are: we have moved the sale to the beginning of April. Pick up dates are April 11th and 12th. The location has changed too. We will be distributing the orders at our office at 648 Park Street, Honesdale. We will also not be offering Colorado Blue Spruce in this year’s sale. We have been observing some disease issues with this species. We will keep monitoring the situation and may offer them in the future. Please look through the flier linked below. As always, please contact our office with any questions.
Maple sugaring has a long history in Wayne County. In the early days of Wayne County, many of the settlers used Maple Sugar as currency, to barter for goods, and some might have even paid for land with sugar. There are still many producers still making maple syrup in this area today. Join us along the 2014 Self-Guided Maple Tour on March 15 and 16, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to learn more about today’s producers of maple syrup, and enjoy locally produced maple products along the way.
See the brochure below for more information. A map with directions to each producer is included in the brochure.
The Wayne Conservation District has set up a Facebook page to offer additional ways of communicating with the public. Some of the latest information about activities and programs will be posted on the site.
Please check back often for up to date activities.
The Wayne Tomorrow – Agriculture Committee is looking for your help.
What do we need to keep our land in agriculture? What can be done to introduce or keep youth involved in agriculture? We need your thoughts and suggestions and have created a survey to gather your input.
The survey will help us answer those questions. Please take about 20 minutes and go through the survey. To access the survey click the link below. If you would like a hard copy of the survey contact; Bob Muller at the Wayne Conservation District, 648 Park Street, Honesdale PA 18431, Telephone – 570-253-0930. The deadline for completing surveys is April 21st.
The results of these surveys will be combined with the results from a series of meetings held with representatives from Wayne County’s agricultural community. The meetings were helpful, but now we need to hear from more representatives from the community. Help us shape the future of Agriculture in Wayne County – fill out your survey today.
The PA Department of Environmental Protection adopted a new fee schedule, effective February 16, 2013, for permits related to water resources. These permits are specific to Chapter 105 of the PA Clean Streams Law. Example of permits affected include, General Permits, Joint permits for water obstructions and encroachments and dam permits.
To check the fee schedule please go to the water resources section of this website and click on “Water Related Permits”
If you have any questions please contact our office.
The State Department of Environmental Protection enacted new permit review and issuance guidance effective November 14, 2012. The guidance is referred to as “Permit Decision Guarantee.
The process applies time limits for specific steps in processing department wide permits. The guidance also references incomplete applications and the effects that will have on the decision for permit issuance.
For more information on Permit Decision Guarantee and Standard Operating Procedures click the link below.
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has recently released new guidelines related to Manure Management on Pennsylvania farms.
Every farm in Pennsylvania that land applies manure or agricultural process wastewater (generated on the farm or received from an importer), regardless of size, is required to have and implement a written Manure Management Plan. This includes manure and agricultural process wastewater application by various types of equipment and/or direct application of manure by animals on pastures and in Animal Concentration Areas (ACAs). In other words, farms that do not mechanically apply manure but which do have pastures or ACAs still need a manure management plan.
In order to assist with the development of a Manure Management Plan DEP has developed a Manure Management Plan Workbook. The workbook contains the necessary information for developing a manure management Plan. The plan must include the information identified in the workbook.
To further assist with maps for your agricultural operation Penn State in cooperation with DEP has developed a web based mapping program title PA One Stop. This program works best with Mozilla Firefox.
If you have any questions or need assistance with your manure management plan or your agricultural operation please contact the Wayne Conservation District at 648 Park Street, Honesdale Pa 18431, Telephone 570-253-0930.
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