SUNBURY - The Northumberland County Conservation District (NCCD) will its second annual winter forum from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 4 at the Revival Tabernacle in Watsontown.

The registration fee is $10, which includes morning refreshments, meeting materials and a catered lunch.

Three concurrent sessions covering topics affecting agriculture, contractors and municipalities will be held.

Topics for the agriculture sessions include "Pesticide Hazards and First Aid" and "Pest Management (Basics of Integrated Pest Management and Pest ID)," presented by Joel Imgrund, Penn State Extension program wssistant; "Forest Invaders ID and Control," presented by R. "Marty" Martynowych, forester with the Bureau of Forestry, Weiser Forest District; "Soil Health," presented by Kris Ribble, district conservationist for Natural Resources Conservation Service, and "About Conservation Easements," by Renee Carey, executive director for the North Central Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Two category and two core credits have been applied for through the state Department of Agriculture for attendees.

Municipality session topics include "Act 167 Plan Update," presented by Timothy Knoebel, president, and Brandon Guiher, of KPI Technology; "The Transportation Bill-Dirt and Gravel Roads Funding," presented by Eric Nevel, of the Dirt and Gravel Roads Center at Penn State; "Round Table Discussion on Road Issues," presented by Don Free, municipal services supervisor, and Barry Garberick, municipal services specialist for PennDOT District 3-0, and "Grant Writing," by Kathy Jeremiah, grants manager for Northumberland County.

Contractors will be presented with topics on "Why Construction BMPs Matter" by Marel Raub, Pennsylvania Director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission; "NPDES Updates and Road Maintenance," presented by Michael McCleary, NCCD technician, and "Act 167 and Contractors," presented by Knoebel and Guiher of KPI Technology.

Registration forms may be found at, or contact the district office at 570-495-4665. The deadline to register is Feb. 21.

To be a vendor, contact Judy Becker, district manager, at 570-495-4665 or

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