In 1964, the Luzerne County Commissioners established the Luzerne Conservation District out of concern for the conservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic resources of the county.
The district is a local agency that conducts regulatory/voluntary compliance, technical assistance, and education/outreach activities. We accomplish our mission through cooperation with landowners and land users, by working with other public and private organizations, and by increasing citizen awareness of their responsibility to be good stewards of natural resources.
As one of the sixty six conservation districts in Pennsylvania, the Luzerne Conservation District is involved in developing local programs and implementing on-the-ground practices to protect the soil and water resources in Luzerne County. The district is led by a nine-member board of directors consisting of community volunteers and a county council member. Currently, there are ten staff members including: the Executive Director, the Administrative Assistant, the Agricultural Conservation Specialist, the Agricultural/Roads Conservation Specialist, the E&S Program Coordinator, an E&S Conservation Specialist, the Watershed Specialist, two seasonal West Nile Virus Program Technicians, and a part-time Building and Grounds Keeper. District programs are developed and carried out to best serve the specific needs of the natural resources and people of the county.
DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Chairman – Timothy Ference, Public Director
Vice Chairman – John (Jay) Wilkes, Jr., Public Director
Secretary – Tracey Stevens, Farmer Director
Treasurer – Timothy J. Connolly, Jr, Public Director
Leonard J. Burger, Jr., Farmer Director
John P. Hanish, Jr., Public Director
Eugene Kelleher, County Council Member Director
Chris Maylath, Farmer Director
Gary Moyer, Farmer Director
Carl R. Urbanski, Director Emeritus
Heather Graham, E&S Program Coordinator
Debbie Josuweit, Administrative Assistant
John Levitsky, Watershed Specialist
Josh Longmore, Executive Director
Amy Salansky, Ag Conservation Specialist
Mike Schlauch, Ag & Roads Program Conservation Specialist
Phil Trowbridge, E&S Program Conservation Specialist
Amber Martin, WNV Program Technician (seasonal)
Ron Jesse, Building & Grounds Keeper (part time)