Jefferson County Conservation District

Welcome to the Jefferson County Conservation District!

The District Office is located on Route 28, 1/4 mile North of Exit 81 (Hazen) off I-80. Our office hours are 8am - 4pm, Monday through Friday. 

Need to contact us? 

 Our mailing address is: 1514 Route 28, Brookville, PA 15825

 Phone: (814) 849-7463

Fax: (814) 849-0825

The District has our "Banquet" bird seed in stock. It is a 35 lb. bag of 55% Sunflower, Red & White Millet, Safflower, & Peanut Pieces.


The sale of this bird seed benefits our Environmental Education Program! 

Tri County High School Envirothon

The Tri-County (Clarion-Jefferson-Forest) Envirothon was held on April 30, 2024 at Clear Creek State Park. Thirteen teams from seven local school districts competed on Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and Renewable Energy. Keystone-1 took 1st place, Brookville-1 took 2nd place, and Keystone-2 took 3rd place. Brookville-2 won renewable energy, Brookville-1 won forestry, Keystone-1 won aquatics, soils, and wildlife. Thank you to the Clarion Conservation District, Forest County Conservation District, St. Francis University-Institute of Energy, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, PA Fish & Boat Commission, PA Game Commission for helping us make the 2024 Tri County Envirothon a success!Thank you to our county representatives: Patrick Kline (Forest County Commissioner)Zac Ankeny (Jefferson County)- Representative from Senator Dush's office, Scott North (Jefferson County Commissioner), Mark Kingston (Forest County Commissioner), Mark Humes (Jefferson County Commissioner), and Dianne Porter (Clarion County)- Representative from Senator Hutchinson's office. Congratulations to all students!

USDA Survey

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Denise Coleman is conducting a rapid survey in Western Pennsylvania Counties to determine if the impacts of flooding from the April 2024 rainfall events have caused a watershed impairment and has left property owners at risk. The survey results will be used to determine if properties could be eligible for the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program. EWP is a recovery program aimed at relieving imminent hazards to life and property as a result of a significant flooding event.

Eligible sites must have a home (permanent residence) or business located within 50' of a stream, and have experienced severe streambank damage. Public utilities are eligible if the streambank damage is within 10' of the utility. Examples include several feet or more of bank loss, exposed foundations, or the total failure of existing streambank structures. Detached garages and sheds that are not utilized as a permanent residence are not eligible. Damage to homes and businesses caused by high flood water is also not eligible for assistance. Repairing, rebuilding, or maintaining public or private transportation facilities is not eligible. Typical streambank restoration projects funded under EWP include protecting eroded stream banks, reseeding damaged areas on eligible sites as specified above, and in some cases, home buyouts, or purchasing floodplain easements on eligible land. Maintenance and repair of existing structures along a waterway are not eligible for funding.

Property owners who have been impacted by the storm event noted and feel the resulting damages would meet the eligibility requirements listed above, should compete an EWP Rapid Damage Response Survey. The survey, and additional PA-NRCS EWP information, can be found at the following website. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs-initiatives/ewp-emergency-watershed-protection/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-emergency. Please contact your local NRCS office, found at https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov, for assistance completing the survey and for additional information about the program. Surveys will be taken until May 17, 2024.

Survey results will be assessed, and eligible property owners will be notified if the EWP Program is made available in their county. Correspondence will include additional program information and next steps. Program availability is not guaranteed.

The EWP Program allows NRCS to make grant funding available (75 percent of the construction funds) to local units of governments (considered the project Sponsor) to help recovery efforts in their communities. Program policy does not allow NRCS to directly contract with individual landowners. Refer to the PA EWP website for additional information, including a detailed EWP Sponsor Guide.

NRCS provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the nation's soil, water, and related natural resources on non-Federal lands. Additional information about EWP and other USDA conservation programs is available at your local USDA Service Center and online at: www.pa.nrcs.usda.gov.

Facebook Updates

We hope you are following the District's Facebook page. The District Staff has been sharing some great educational posts. Videos about Wetlands, Stream Erosion, Macro Sampling, and Vernal Pools have been posted. Information about our Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Roads Program, Nutrient Management, Earth Day, upcoming events, and many species of birds and wildlife. Click here to visit our Facebook page!

Calendar of Events

The Jefferson Conservation District Board of Directors meet the first Thursday of each month at the District Office. 


June 2024

6: Board of Directors Meeting, 7 PM

20: Summer Begins


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