There are no upcoming events at this time, but planning is underway- stay tuned!
Russ and his family manage a successful 245-acre low input grazing
operation in Forest County, north of Fryburg. Russ is a personal
consultant for other producers interested in rotational grazing and soil
health. He also authors articles published in the Stockman GrassFarmer.
Russ will take attendees on a tour of his operation showing how he
improves his land with regenerative farming practices. He takes a “whole
biological systems” approach to find ways to lower inputs while improving
soil health. The tour will highlight the methods and results of intensive
rotational grazing, grazing cover crops, no-till seeding, water and fencing
systems, forage varieties, and cattle genetics. Russ will be joined by his
children Emmy and Walker to discuss sheep and equine grazing.
Meet the Presenters:
Grazing Field Day at Wilson Land & Cattle Co.
Summer Nature Series: Watershed Wednesdays
During the summer of 2022, the District held a weekly program series for children ages 10-15 years old that provided hands-on learning about our local watersheds. Students had the opportunity to learn about and engage with four different local aquatic habitats that we have in Clarion County; a stream, wetland, lake, and a river. The series ended with a canoe trip on the Clarion River with a parent or guardian.
5th Annual Earth Day in Cook Forest
The District partnered with Clarion University, DCNR, the PA Game Commission, and the local Trout Unlimited Chapter to hold the 5th annual Earth Day event for high school students on April 22nd, 2022. A trout release kicked off the event followed by stations on aquatic ecology, forestry, eagles, and fishing/fly casting. All went home with a free American Elderberry seedling sponsored by WOCAV.
Protecting Water Resources from Pesticides and Fertilizers Workshop
Through a PACD Nonpoint Source Pollution Grant, the District, along with partners from DCNR, Penn State Extension, Master Gardeners, Seneca Rocks Audubon Society, and Clarion Farms, held a workshop for gardeners, homeowners, and landowners on March 26th, 2022. Participants learned about pesticide and fertilizer application and ways they can help protect local watersheds. Natural alternatives were also discussed and the local Fragrant Cow Compost Co. was featured.
The District held a workshop for township and borough officials on March 9th, 2022 in Clarion. Special thanks to all involved including speakers from County Planning, PennDOT, and PA One Call.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland Hike
The District held a winter educational hike on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 along the Rail 66 Country Trail starting at the Farmington Township Community Park. It was open to anybody in the community. The theme of the hike was about how nature has adapted to survive harsh winter conditions. Many animal tracks were seen along the trail!
The District held a Farmer's Breakfast for farmers in Clarion County on December 8th, 2021. Participants had the opportunity to chat and have breakfast with others in their agricultural community. They also got to see and learn about the district's new no-till drill that will be available for rent to producers in Clarion County. More information coming soon! We plan to make this an annual event.
Clarion River Clean-Up
The District celebrated DCNR's recognition of the Clarion River as 2019 River of the Year by organizing a clean-up day on September 7th on a 15-mile stretch from Clarington to the Gravel Lick boat launch. Part of the event was funded by a $500 grant from DCNR. Donations ranged from food and prizes to free canoes for the day and transportation. Suzanne Reinsel, an environmental educator at Clear Creek State Park provided an after-float program on the ecological history of the Clarion River and management strategies of the Bureau of Parks.