Summer 2020 Newsletter Volume 6, Issue 3

by | Sep 10, 2020 | News, Newsletters

Conservation Matters

A different year…

The Scottish poet, Robert Burns once said, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” When our Board of Directors met in January of this year to approve our annual work plan, none of us could have anticipated what was in store for 2020.

As I am writing this introduction, our office is closed to the public, but appointments can be made with staff, if needed. I would like to emphasize my comment, “as I am writing this introduction,” because things are changing regularly, and we are trying to adapt as best as we can. If meetings can be conducted virtually, we are encouraging staff to do so. When meeting with District staff, masks and social distancing are required by all attendees for their safety and the safety of our employees. I graciously ask that if you have an issue with this requirement, please do not take it out on our staff. Please contact me directly. (My contact information is in the next paragraph.) Our staff are following office procedures and doing their job in the most unusual of circumstances. In my almost 20 years at the District, I have never seen anything like this. Everyone in our office (and our Board of Directors) has handled this situation in a manner that makes me proud to be an NCCD employee. (I want to also point out that most encounters with members of the public have been positive to date. I am very appreciative of this, as well.)

We do have a presence in the field due to the very nature of our programs while following guidelines that have been set forth by the state. The office is staffed most days of the week, but if you ever have trouble reaching someone, please reach out to me at jbecker@nccdpa.org or 570-898-3710.

There is one additional reflection I’d like to share with you based on a meaningful conversation I had with a member of our staff. I’m sure you have seen an increased focus on the outdoors during this time. Boating, hiking, fishing, and biking have all seen an increase in these past few months as people have found themselves itching to get out. Even when things get back to some sort of normalcy, we are hopeful this interest continues. During my own outside activities, I have amassed a greater appreciation for the outdoors and all it has to offer. I hope you are experiencing the same and continue to if you are able.

We continue focusing on conservation issues in Northumberland County within the bounds that we must work in. In the meantime, I wish you and yours good health, and please keep safe.

We will see you again soon.

Judy Becker

Inside this issue

02 – New Faces
02 – Mosquito Program Updates
03 – NCCD Affiliate Members
04 – REAP Tax Credits Program
04 – 20/21 Chesapeake Bay Inspections
05 – Skins, Skulls, Scat, and Tracks
06 – Vector Species Focus
06 – Avoiding Muddy Waters
09 – Tire Collection Event
10 – AgLand Preservation Program Update
11 – DEP Grants for Small Businesses/Farms

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