(Leesport, PA) – Berks County Conservation District was awarded $2,500 to work with landowners to prevent pollution in our local streams, lakes, and rivers.
The mini-grant was provided through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Outreach Program Office (administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts). The CREP Program pays farmers and other landowners to conserve and enhance their land.
Berks County Conservation District (BCCD) will use these grant funds to hold a community tree planting event on November 9, 2019 from 9 am to 12 pm to plant a Forested Riparian Buffer on property owned by the County of Berks by the 4-H Community Center. BCCD will also provide education on the financial and environmental benefits of the CREP Program. Help us to make Berks County greener!
“With this funding, anyone who owns land next to a waterway will be invited to find out if they are a candidate to get paid to conserve and enhance their land,” said Dean Druckenmiller, Berks County Conservation District Executive. “Over the next year, we plan to educate landowners on the CREP Program and to help those already enrolled in the program with maintenance issues.”
Through this grant program, fourteen projects received funding. Projects include field days, workshops, and one-on-one visits. For a complete listing of awarded projects, visit https://goo.gl/EKf8tT.
Financial and other support for the CREP Outreach Program Office Mini-grant Program is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a Growing Greener Watershed Protection grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and with additional support from USDANRCS.
For more information about Berks County Conservation District visit www.berkscd.com or call 610-372-4657. For more information about CREP, visit www.creppa.org.