Welcome to the
Bedford County Conservation District website.
Bedford County Conservation District
702 West Pitt Street, Suites 3 and 4
Bedford, PA 15522
telephone: 814-623-7900, ext. 4
Conservation District Board meetings are regularly held at 7 PM on the first Wednesday of the month, at the Conservation District office. If needed, Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Program QAB meetings will be scheduled at 6:30 PM before the Board meeting.
The Bedford Service Center, including the offices of the Bedford County Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resource Conservation Service, is closed to the public. Staff will be working remotely from home and conducting limited field operations. Management or other assigned staff will be reporting to the office daily from 8:30 to 4:30 to conduct necessary business. Ag staff will be scheduling no-till drills, cornplanters and lime-spreaders for delivery. All inquiries are encouraged via email, phone, or mail.
814-623-7900, ext. 4.
BEDFORD COUNTYWIDE ACTION PLAN
Working together to protect the future of Bedford County’s natural resources.
The Bedford Countywide Action Plan (Bedford CAP) is a summary of approaches, initiatives, and considerations for existing and proposed water quality improvements in the county. The initiatives are intended to protect the future of Bedford County’s natural resources while preserving other community goals and focus areas. Local improvements will benefit the community while assisting the state with meeting its Chesapeake Bay obligations. The Bedford CAP is designed to provide a guiding framework for implementation tasks and activities to achieve meaningful local water quality improvements. (click here to read complete executive summary)
Other documents associated with the Bedford CAP
Environmental Emergency Hotline -1-888-723-3721
Open Records Officer: Jennifer Lentz Kovacs
Land Clearing for Agriculture
All phases of agricultural land clearing projects for new cropland and/or pastures shall be addressed through the agricultural erosion and sediment control requirements in 25 PA. Code § 102.4(a). This includes written plans for the timber harvest component, for the clearing and grubbing component and for the continued cultivation of the field. All phases of the project should have the appropriate Best Management Practices (BMPs), including silt sock, silt fence, sediment traps, etc., to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation. For the timber harvest and clearing/grubbing phases, BMPs would not be the traditional agricultural conservation practices, but would be those specific to timber harvest and construction activities. Practices for timber harvest and construction activities are found in the Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Program Manual (www.dep.pa.gov ; (Document Number 363-2134-008). Please contact Mike Felix with the Bedford County Conservation District at 814-310-3279 if you are planning to convert any woodland into agricultural use to verify a correct plan.
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