Armstrong County Envirothon 2017
Mayor and County Day for National Service
Armstrong County Commissioners Pat Fabian, George Skamai, Jason Renshaw, Kittanning Borough Mayor Kirk Atwood, Ford City Borough Mayor Jeff Cogley, Pennslvania Mountain Service Corps (PMSC) Program Director Carol Overly, PMSC Regional Coordinator Jill Latuch, AmeriCorps Members at Armstrong Conservation District (ACD) Katelyn Good and Larissa Rice, ACD staff Jessica Schaub, Lenape Tech instructor Steve Misera and Natural Resources Technology students packed trees for Armstrong Conservation District’s annual fruit tree and seedling sale and the Arbor Day program on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 11AM in celebration of Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service in the Natural Resources Technology department at Lenape Tech School. The event promotes partnership between ACD, AmeriCorps, Lenape Tech, and elected officials. Jill Latuch says “We hope to build public awareness about the value of national service to the county.”
Proceeds from the tree sale help to fund environmental education programs in Armstrong County, such as Arbor Day, Mobile Environmental Display, environmental education programs at the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center, and school programs with Armstrong County schools. For the past 50 years, Armstrong Conservation District has provided each third-grade student in Armstrong County with an evergreen seedling to plant with their parents to celebrate Arbor Day. Along with the evergreen seedlings, students also receive a handout with information on how to properly plant and care for their new trees and the history of Arbor Day. Teacher packets are included so that teachers can incorporate Arbor Day into their science curriculum.
Events like this provide an opportunity to introduce programs that promote stewardship of natural resources and showcase non-point source pollution and conservation work done by ACD and partnering organizations. One example of these programs is the new ACD WA.T.E.R. GeoTrail, which was designed by AmeriCorps members to encourage members of the public to visit these sites. Other projects worked on by AmeriCorps members at the conservation district include, creating the new district website, armstrongcd.org, maintaining the district Facebook page, data loggers and other assistance to watershed groups, assisting with Agriculture workshops, Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road program, Legislative Breakfast, and the annual Fall Legislative Tour.
The ACD W.A.T.E.R. GeoTrail is now active!
Visit the GeoTrail page to print your map and get started! Happy Caching!!