Melinda Hughes, president of Clearfield County-based Nature Abounds, made a presentation at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on incorporating volunteers into citizen science programs.
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pledged Wednesday to enforce the Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet,” even saying it should be “commended and celebrated” despite his earlier participation in a lawsuit challenging it.
If you are interested in learning more about the proper management of private water wells, springs and cisterns and you are willing to share what you learn with others, you might be interested in applying for the Penn State Master Well Owner Network online course being offered by Penn State Extension starting on February 13.
The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the January 21 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a new interim final guidance telling applications for large, multi-county projects, like pipelines or highways, how to do environmental assessments required under Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permits.
“We’re really excited about this contest, to see how students from across the state can help us spread these important safety messages,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. “This is a great opportunity for kids to showcase their creativity while learning about severe weather safety.”
Video Contest - Grades 7-12
The theme for the video PSA contest is “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” and is open to all Pennsylvania high school and middle school students in grades 7 through 12, including those attending private, parochial, cyber or home schools.
The deadline for submissions is January 31.
The winner of the PSA contest will work with the PA Association of Broadcasters to develop a broadcast quality television commercial based off their winning entry to be aired statewide the final two weeks of March 2017.
Poster Contest - Grades 1-6
The theme for the poster contest is “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors” and is open to all Pennsylvania students in grades 1 through 6, including those attending private, parochial, cyber or home schools.
The deadline to submit a poster is March 7.
The winning poster will be featured in state parks across the Commonwealth.
Winners of both contests will be recognized at a ceremony to celebrate their achievement.
The contest is being held with support from the departments of Education, and Conservation and Natural Resources, along with the Keystone Emergency Management Association, the National Weather Service, the American Red Cross and the United Way of Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit PEMA’s Student Poster and Video Contest webpage. Students, teachers and parents or guardians can download all official entry forms at that website.
The Westmoreland Land Trust Friday announced it has named Mary Tate as the organization’s first executive director.
“This is an historic moment for our young organization,” Chuck Duritsa, chair of the Westmoreland Land Trust. “And the beginning of what we hope will be even greater success in conserving open space for the people of Westmoreland County.”
Tate has degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Boston Architectural College and experience in the areas of planning and preservation.
She worked as a preservation specialist, preservation consultant, and city secretary in and around metro Dallas, Texas where she also was involved as a volunteer for Cub Scouts, the PTA, and Autism Awareness.
Originally from western Pennsylvania, Mary and her family recently left Texas to return to the local area.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help the Westmoreland Land Trust build on the great foundation that’s already in place,” Tate said. She will quickly get the chance to do that, as her first day on the job is Monday.
Since 2008, the nine-year-old Westmoreland Land Trust has been achieving its goals solely through the volunteered time, efforts, and energies of some 23 board members. Board members will continue their active involvement, but having Tate as the dedicated staff person will help achieve goals more quickly and comprehensively, Duritsa said.
The Westmoreland Land Trust has conserved some 235 acres in six Westmoreland County communities, including the City of Greensburg, North Huntingdon Township, and Murrysville.
Its most recent acquisition was 28 acres in Rostraver Township, obtained in partnership with the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation, and added to Cedar Creek Park.
The Westmoreland Land Trust executive director position was created with funding from the Allegheny Foundation.
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I served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from 2001 to 2003, Executive Deputy at DEP from 1995 to 2001, as staff to the PA Senate Environmental Committee and various positions in the former Department of Environmental Resources, working on environmental issues for nearly 40 years.