About the Department
The mission of the Bradford County Conservation District is to provide leadership, technical, financial, and education resources to the people, municipalities, industries, and organizations of Bradford County to develop sound natural resource management through the implementation of soil, water, and air conservation best management practices.
Pennsylvania's conservation districts, established in 1945 under the Conservation District Law, are the local unit of State government that provides the link between the citizens and the multitude of local, State, federal natural resource management programs and agencies. A volunteer Board of Directors are appointed by the County Commissioners from nominations received from County-wide organizations. Non-voting Associate Directors, who serve on committees and engage in other Board activities, are appointed by the Conservation District Board. A staff of professionals provides information, technical and financial assistance, educational programs, and support at the direction of the Board of Directors.
Conservation Districts work to help people and communities take care of the natural resources in their area including soil, water, wildlife, trees and other plants. Using natural resources wisely helps to insure their availability well into the future.
Conservation Districts operate under the belief that conservation works best when local people, those who live and work in the area, play an active role in managing their natural resources. Because conservation districts are familiar with local issues they are able to identify and prioritize actions needed to manage the resources of a particular area.
The Directors and staff of the Bradford County Conservation District stand ready to offer technical assistance and educational guidance to land owners and managers, local governments, teachers, students and people from every walk of life. Some of the programs and services available include: Environmental Education, Erosion & Sedimentation Pollution Control, Storm Water Management, Floodplain Monitoring, Dirt & Gravel Roads Pollution Prevention, Nutrient Management, Chesapeake Bay Program, Watershed Protection, Beneficial Use of Bio-Solids, Waterway and Wetlands Protection, Agricultural Land Preservation.
Michael W. Lovegreen:
Mike has been the manager of the Bradford County Conservation District since 1980.He spent a few months prior to becoming the manager as the education coordinator where he developed trails in the County Parks and gave presentations to the campers.Before coming to work for the Conservation District and County, Mike ran his own contracting business called "Creative Environments".He has a degree in natural resource management from the State University of New York (SUNY).Some of the many positions Mike has held while at the Conservation District include the following:
- Member of the State Leadership Development Committee since 1984
- An alumni and small group facilitator for the PA Rural Leadership Program (RULE)
- Past president of the Northeast Assoc. of Conservation District Employees (13 States)
- Past board member of the National Conservation District Employees Association
- Past president of the PA Lakes Management Society
- Chair of the hydro-modification committee for the DEP 319 Liaison Committee
- Adviser to the State Conservation Commission's Nutrient Management Advisory Board
- Co-founder and past president of the Upper Susquehanna Coalition
- Board member of the Endless Mts. Heritage Region
- Selected as the National Conservation Professional for 2000
- Presented the Environmental Partnership Award in 1999
- Presented the PA State Conservation Commission Leadership Excellence Award in 2006
- Certified as a senior engineering technician by the National Certification for Engineering Technologies
- Certified as a master facilitator for the Department of Education
- Trained facilitator for the PA Game Commission in Project WILD; PA Fish & Boat Commission for Keystone Aquatic Resources Education (KARE); PA Dept. of Education for Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Healthy Water, Healthy People.
- Member of the PA Dirt & Gravel Roads Program Advisory Committee