Cumberland Conservation District

The Cumberland County Conservation District began operations on July 1, 1953, after a group of local farmers interested in the conservation of their soil and water resources made their interest known to the County Commissioners.

The District is responsible for administering soil and water conservation programs in Cumberland County. Most of the programs conducted at the county level are delegated to the District by the Commonwealth's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Conservation District has signed delegation agreements or contracts with DEP and the State Conservation Commission to administer the following programs in Cumberland County: Erosion Control (Chapter 102), National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for construction activities, Chesapeake Bay Program, Nutrient Management Program and Dirt and Gravel Roads Program.

The District also carries out many environmental education activities, including a poster contest, the Envirothon, distribution of wildlife information packets to elementary schools, and sponsorship of local students to attend summer conservation camps. All environmental programs are funded by proceeds from the District's annual tree seedling sale. Approximately 25,000 seedlings are sold each year. The Conservation District also has a water testing program for County residents. Once a month, citizens may bring their water sample to the District office to be tested by a local laboratory.

A seven-member board of directors appointed by the County Commissioners governs the Cumberland County Conservation District. Four members of the board represent the farming community, two represent the general public, and one representative is a County Commissioner.

Mission Statement
Cumberland County Conservation District, authorized by the Legislature under Act 217 "Conservation District Law" and guided by a board of local volunteers, is committed to minimizing the impact of human activities on and enhancing the natural resources of the county through a combination of enforcement of laws and regulations, education and cooperative agreements with government agencies and private individuals. 


Contact Cumberland Conservation District

Carl Goshorn
District Manager
310 Allen Rd.
Ste 301
Carlisle, Pennsylvania  17013
Phone: (717) 240-7812
Fax: (717) 240-7813


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

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