CBF’s David Wise Honored
The U.S. Forest Service and Alliance for
the Chesapeake Bay recently honored
CBF’s Pennsylvania Restoration Manager
David Wise with the distinction of “Forest
Champion,” for his leadership in restoring streamside forest buffers through
the Conservation Reserve Enhancement
CBF’s Pennsylvania Restoration Manager David Wise
Forest Champion awards recognize groups
or individuals that have made a difference to
people and/or the Bay through their promotion of trees and forests. David received the
award for greatest-on-the-ground impact.
Since 2000, CREP has been used to restore
more than 22,000 acres of forested buffers
helping over 4,000 Pennsylvania landowners
restore riparian forests. The long list of partners
working on this effort include the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service
Agency and Natural Resource Conservation
Service, Pennsylvania’s Department of
Environmental Protection, and Pennsylvania
Drilling Regulations Must Be Right
Negotiations within the Pennsylvania General
Assembly have taken place throughout much
of the fall to improve gas-drilling oversight.
Current regulations, written in 1984, do not
adequately address today’s industry.
As a result, legislators have introduced two
bills, H.B. 1950 and S.B. 1100, that, individually, take important steps forward. By
taking the best parts of both bills, along with
some improvements, the legislature can craft
New manure management
guide will help farmers
keep manure on the fields
and out of the water.
a solution that safeguards the natural
resources of the Commonwealth while
enabling energy production.
The Marcellus Shale has been touted as the
largest, most-promising, natural gas deposit
in the country promising jobs, economic
growth, and a stable energy source. But the
costs and stakes are high. The General
Assembly must pass meaningful, comprehensive legislation that updates existing law with
clear procedures and safeguards, long-term
environmental funding, and adequate local
resources to address the industry’s impacts.
As a member of the Governor’s Marcellus
Shale Advisory Commission, Pennsylvania
Executive Director Matt Ehrhart played a significant role in crafting the environmental
recommendations included in the
Commission’s final report to the Governor.
Many of those recommendations have been
included in the bills, and CBF will continue
to advocate for these and other key environmental recommendations. These bills are in
the final stages of being signed into law.
Managing Manure, Protecting Streams
After two years of negotiations between the
Department of Environmental Protection,
livestock producers, environmentalists, and
others, Pennsylvania farmers will now have
clarity on how to best manage manure to
produce high-yielding crops while protecting local waterways from pollution. The
Department of Environmental Protection
released a comprehensive guide and
workbook, “Manure Management Plan
Guidance,” in October.
“The guide enables farmers to keep the
manure nutrients on the fields, where they
are needed, and out of local waterways,”
explained Kelly O’Neill, Agricultural Policy
Specialist for CBF’s Pennsylvania Office. “At
the same time, it does not create onerous
requirements for farmers facing tight financial circumstances.”
Since 1977, farms have been required to prevent manure runoff to streams and other
water bodies from land application, spillage,
storage overflow or leakage, and barnyard
runoff. However, the requirements were
vague, and often not fully understood or
explained to farmers. “The workbook is a
long-overdue tool for guiding farmers
through the steps of developing and implementing a customized plan.” said O’Neill.
uMore information about Marcellus Shale can
be found at cbf.org/Marcellus.
uFor more on CBF’s work in Pennsylvania, visit
cbf.org/Pennsylvania or call 717/234-5550.
KELLY O’NEILL//CBF STAFF
The Department of Environmental Protection’s new manure guidelines will help farmers
produce high-yielding crops while protecting local waterways.