Biomass

With special thanks to Bradford County Conservation District, Northern Tier Hardwood Association, and Sullivan County Conservation District for initial committments, we are now offering cost-share grants for new wood stove purchases - see our new Biofuels project page here

 

 


Rainbarrels

with thanks to funding from United Way of Bradford County, outreach and prototypes have begun.  Check back soon for the new project page...


WINGS

Project WINGS, (Wildlife Incentives for Non-Game & Game Species), was developed in response to the dramatic increase in pipelines being built in the region. The goals of this project are to educate landowners and pipeline operators on the importance of enhancing wildlife habitat by planning and planting perennial trees, shrubs and grasses within the rights of way.  We will be working with interested landowners who have pipeline rights of way on their property to implement this project, funded in part by the gas companies. We currently have support from Shell Appalachia, and a pilot project in Tioga County was planted in June, 2014. Visit project page...


Proactive to Flooding

Workshops, low impact development demonstrations, toolkits and high quality publications have been produced and distributed throughout the region by the Endless Mountains RC&D for utilization by local decision makers and landowners in addressing the flood, stream and stormwater management challenges of the region. Visit project page...

 


Project GRAZE

Initiated at the request of "Northeast Grazing Inititiative", a 'Cow Pie Kickoff' brought together grazers  from our our 6 county Endless Mountains region and beyond, to share past challenges and set priorities for the coming season.  Thus began a series of pasture walks on topics that build upon each other and provide farmer-to-farmer learning.  Locations vary to demonstrate the varied topics and to enable broad geographic participation.  Events, as they continue, are updated here


Transitioning to Organic/Technical Assistance

Seventy eight percent – more U.S. families than ever before – say they are choosing organic foods, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA). “In a time when the severity of the economy means making tough choices, it is extremely encouraging to see consumers vote with their values by including quality organic products in their shopping carts.” Read more...


Many Voices of Agriculture

The importance of agriculture in maintaining economic and quality of life benefits is acknowledged and sought within municipal and County comprehensive plans, Open Space, Greenways, and Outdoor Recreation plans, local watershed plans, and the guiding plan for the Endless Mountains Heritage Region. Read more...


Healthy Kids Community Garden

With thanks to the volunteer leadership working tirelessly to grow this project, an early spring planting of radishes has been harvested, and the summer planting has begun at the YMCA in Towanda.  Read more...


Holistic Planned Grazing for Sustainable Agriculture

Requests for technical assistance with planned grazing and conservation programming are increasing, yet there is a concurrent shortage of staff trained in these issues. Read more...


Local Foods Initiative

Locally produced foods, competing with lower priced, mass produced goods, are challenged in competing on many levels, including economy of scale. As a result, their added value is often overlooked. The Northern Tier Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local has developed 'Food Fact Cards' Read more...


Installation of Grazing Best Management Practices
and Solar/Wind Powered Water Pumping Systems for Rotational Grazing

The Endless Mountains RC&D Council received a grant to convert 360 acres of cropland to pasture and to install (10) solar/wind powered water pumping systems. The project is in cooperation with the Northeast Chapter of Project Grass and the Pocono Northeast RC&D Council. Read more...


The Weed Control/Wildlife Habitat project

The Weed Control/Wildlife Habitat project was started in 2006 and offered a one-on-one technicalassistance program for landowners enrolled in USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). The program is designed to increase a landowner’s ability to identify and control noxious and invasive weeds on the land enrolled in CREP while enhancing wildlife habitat. Read more...


For Pine Creek is a river: the River of Pines. Tiadaghton.

In 2007, the Endless Mountains RC&D and it’s partners completed the Pine Creek Watershed Rivers Conservation Plan funded by Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnership Program.

The Pine Creek Watershed Rivers Conservation Plan (RCP) offers a plan for protecting the very things we find attractive, absorbing, and compelling about this area. The plan presents a non-regulatory, non-prescriptive framework for addressing issues the watershed faces. The RCP offers a wealth of good ideas for community groups to pursue and carry out. The plan presents recommendations for helping a timeless resource withstand the pressures of time – and change. Read more...


Cost-Share Dollars Available for Forest Practices - 2008 Farm Bill provides funding for improving your forestland

The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, as the most recent Farm Bill is known, is important legislation that will drive U.S. agriculture policy for years to come. Along with the usual agriculture programs it also contains new features that can affect forestland and wildlife habitat. In recent years, Congress heard comments from Pennsylvania landowners, organizations and agencies about a lack of support for forestry and because of that input, Congress strengthened forest landowner opportunities in this legislation. Funding for the Conservation Title of the Farm Bill has increased significantly – an additional $4 billion in mandatory spending over the next five years. Combined with expanded eligibility, this new funding should enable more forest landowners to participate in USDA working lands programs. Early this year, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) met with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), PA Game Commission (PGC) and PA Fish and Boat Commission (PA F&BC) staff to discuss how NRCS will roll out programs affecting forests. If you have been avoiding improving your woods because of the expense, now is the ideal time to begin.

The Endless Mountains RC&D Council partnered with the Bradford/Sullivan Forest Landowners Association on December 15, 2009, the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association on February 4, 2010 and the Tioga County Woodland Owners Association on March 18, 2010 and hosted workshops to explain the details of these Farm Bill programs: participant eligibility, application and payment process, eligible practices and cost share availability.

Below are a few Farm Bill programs that forest landowners may find appropriate for their forests and objectives.


Woodland Resource Adventure Camp

The Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council and its partners have been holding the Woodland Resource Adventure (WRA) Camp for twenty-three years. In 2010, this program was held on the campus of The Haft, near Dushore, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. The WRA was an overnight camp open for students ages 12-16.  The 2010 theme was “Aquatics”, and included one full day kayaking on the Susquehanna River. Participants learned about emerging contaminates, acid mine drainage, pond and lake ecology, wetlands, macroinvertebrates, stream dynamics and hydrology, fish management, boating safety, and much more. Read more...