Pond Owners Workshop

Linesville, Pa. — To address the basics of pond management, Bryan Swistock from Penn State Extension, and representatives from the Crawford Conservation District as well as the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, will offer a workshop from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 19th. The program will be presented at the St. Philip Church Social Hall in Linesville, PA.

Ponds can provide many recreational benefits to homeowners, but they have their share of problems, says a water resources specialist in Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. “Some may develop leaks or fill with sediment,” says Extension Associate Bryan Swistock. “The water may be muddy, or choked with weeds and algae. And sometimes, that big fish you hoped would be there for the kids to catch just doesn’t materialize.”

During the program, Swistock and others will offer tips and advice on common pond problems and proper management. The program involves presentations as well as a question and answer program.

“The most frequent questions involve the control of aquatic plants and weeds,” says Swistock, “so we’ll spend time discussing how to identify and control nuisance plants and algae. We also get a lot of questions about fisheries, so we’ll discuss the best kinds of fish to stock, the species to avoid and how to harvest to keep the populations balanced.”  Lastly, for those folks that are interested in building a pond there will be information on site selection, permitting, and choosing a contractor.

The cost of the program is $10.00. Pre-register by March 16th  to insure sufficient handout materials. For more information on the program, contact the Crawford County Conservation District at 814-763-5269.  Pond Workshop Brochure

NEW…Nature Play Area!

The Woodcock Creek Nature Center has added a new Nature Play Area for the public to enjoy.  A “kick off” program was held Wednesday, May 18, and there will be several more programs in May/June that utilize the new outdoor classroom feature.  Monday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m. we will look for birds, Thursday, June.. read more →

Manure Management Assistance

          Didn’t make it to the recent field day? Assistance is still only a phone call away.  Contact Breann at the Crawford County Conservation District, M – F, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, 814-763-5269 to schedule an appointment.  Don’t wait to start your Manure Management Plan. read more →

Celebrating 60 Years of Conservation for Crawford County…

Conservation District Chairman Robert Waddell served as Master of Ceremonies, for the Crawford County Conservation District’s Annual Luncheon held February 18, 2016 at the Italian Civic Club in Meadville with 145 people in attendance Special Awards were presented following the dinner. Charlie and Cathy Vorisek of Vorisek’s Backyard Bee Farm LLC were awarded the Conservation.. read more →

Now Taking 2016 Stainbrook Park Shelter Reservations!

You may contact us at 814-763-5269 to make your Stainbrook Park Shelter reservations for the 2016 season! read more →


Multiple organizations across Pennsylvania are taking measures to prepare for a possible outbreak of Avian Influenza.  General information as well as details on biosecurity, sample flock plans, guidance for small producers and hunters is available. Please use the following link  to access the Penn State Avian Influenza website:  http://extension.psu.edu/animals/poultry/topics/health-and-diseases/avian-influenza read more →

Fisherman And Boaters Asked To Be Aware Of New Threat

The Crawford County Conservation District (CCCD) is asking anglers and boaters to be aware of a new threat to our area waterways.  A highly invasive plant called Hydrilla has been found in Pymatuning Lake and is spreading within the reservoir.  Hydrilla resembles other water plants commonly referred to as “seaweed” already found in area waterways. .. read more →

2015 Annual Dinner a Success

The Crawford County Conservation District hosted their Annual Dinner at the Pampered Palate Catering & Conference Center in Saegertown on February 19th.  Award recipients included the Crawford County Commissioners receiving the Conservation Forestry Stewardship Award, Michael Vorisek recognized as the Conservation Educator of the Year, Conservation Farmer of the Year presented to the Wright-Way Farm,.. read more →

New District Board Director Appointed

Congratulations to Rob Waddell on his appointment to a four-year term as Crawford County Conservation District Board Director. Rob was elected at the recent January Board of Directors meeting at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center. John Green, DEP, officially swore him into office. Other new officers who were elected at the meeting were: Vice-chairperson Scott.. read more →


The CHEMSWEEP  Waste Pesticide disposal Program allows Pennsylvania farmers and other licensed pesticide applicators a way to dispose of canceled, suspended or unwanted pesticide products.  In 2015 Crawford County will be participating. Go to the PA Department of Agriculture website at http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us and select their “programs” option. read more →

Happy Cows, Happy Creeks: Agriculture and our Watersheds

By Lisa Flinn, Crawford County Conservation District Intern From stream-bank fencing to barn-yard stabilization to milk-house collection systems, farmers have come a long way in promoting healthy watersheds through the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs). Local farmers speak out about the need for water quality and the responsibility everyone shares in maintaining water standards… read more →