The Bedford County Conservation District encourages stewardship and conservation of natural resources for this and future generations.
Over 50 years ago, recognizing the need to support grassroots conservation efforts, state legislators passed the "Soil Conservation Law" of 1945 Act 217 of the Pennsylvania General Assembly . Today there is a conservation district established in every Pennsylvania county, except Philadelphia. A Board of Directors made up of local people from all walks of life leads each conservation district. These volunteers study county natural resource issues and make decisions that enhance and protect their community. Conservation Districts employ managers and staff personnel to implement programs and activities.
The Bedford County Commissioners declared the county a Conservation District in 1956. Original board members were Paul Stein, Randolph Hite. Paul Clarke, Elmer Foor Sr., Howard Burkett, and Glenn Clouse. The following year the first Soil Conservation Field Day was held in the county. In 1968, the district conducted its first land-judging contest and, in 1971, its first tree sale. The first staff person was hired in 1974. A poster contest was initiated in 1975 and in 1976, authority for conducting a Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program was transferred to the District. The progenitor of today's Envirothon, the Environmental Olympics, got its start in 1981. The District began its no-till program with purchase of a no-till corn planter in 1984. That year, twenty-five farmers used this equipment to plant 630 acres.
Board of Directors
James Bence - Chairman
John Akers - Vice Chairman
Don Llewellyn - Treasurer/Secretary
Barry Dallara - County Commissioner Director
James F. Eshelman
Director Emeritus - Allen Baker
District Manager - Jennifer Lentz Kovacs
Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Technician - Michael Felix
Agricultural Team Coordinator - Dan Over
Recycling & Education Coordinator/Fiscal Technician - Regina Miller
Chesapeake Bay Program Technician - Cody Waltemire
Equipment Handler - Richard Hershberger
Program Assistant - Rylan Schnably
Watershed Specialist - Guy Stottlemyer