Greene County Conservation District, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

Greene County Conservation District
As a governmental organization whose concerns are the protection and enhancement of the land, air, water and wildlife resources within the boundaries of the county, it is understood that conservation works best when local people play an active role in managing their natural resources. The Conservation District is dedicated to assisting the citizens and communities within Greene County to promote wise usage of these natural resources and ensure their availability for future generations.





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22 West High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
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Lisa Snider, Conservation District Manager
Contact Person: Rebecca Salosky, Fiscal Officer


Ben Franklin Building, Suite 204
22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday


Our Mission:

It is the mission of the District to commit to protection, stewardship, and conservation of the Countyís natural resources while ensuring a wise balance between the protection of the environment and the benefit of the landowners of the County. The District serves the public trust; promotes awareness of conservation practices and their effects; offers technical assistance to private landowners and municipalities at their request; and offer a first-line assessment of environmental complaints.

The Greene County Conservation District Board Members and staff work diligently and thoughtfully to promote and protect a diverse range of natural resources within the County. It is the Districtís belief that conservation works best when the people living and working in the area work together to manage their natural resources collectively. Out of this belief valuable partnerships are formed from the diversity that is brought into the conversation and decision-making process.

The Greene County Conservation District was formed and declared a District by the Greene County Board of Commissioners on July 18, 1956, in accordance with the "Soil Conservation Law" of 1945, Act 217, of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and began operations on Sept. 16, 1956. The district was organized at the request of county citizens to provide for the conservation of soil and watershed and flood protection, the preservation of woodland and wildlife, the protection of public lands, the preservation of the tax base, and the protection and promotion of the health, safety and general welfare of the people.

The Greene County Conservation District Board of Directors is comprised of four farm directors, two public directors and one county commissioner. These directors plan and direct the district programs, coordinate the help of governmental agencies, assign priority to requests for assistance from private landowners for resource development efforts and serve as a community leaders with the district every year.

Our office is a conservation-oriented organization that offers a wide variety of expertise and knowledge. The District staff can assist with questions related to permitting, offer guidance on planning for farming, and assist landowners with various topics.


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Board of Directors: ((2/22/2017)) — The Greene County Conservation District is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of four farm directors, two public directors, and one county commissioner. It is these directors that plan and direct the District programs, coordinate the help of governmental agencies, assign priority to requests for assistance from private landowners for resource development efforts, and serve as a community through the District. The board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

  • Bradley Eisiminger, Chairman
    • Appointed as a member in 1992
    • Fourth generation to operate Woodside Farm in Whiteley Township, the oldest continuously registering shorthorn herd in the United States.

  • Archie Trader, Vice Chairman/Commissioner Representative
    • Appointed as a member in 2007
    • Serving as Greene County Commissioners 2008-2016
    • Local farmer in Washington Township
    • Owned and operated Trader Plumbing Company for many years

  • Tom Headlee, Treasurer
    • Appointed in 1984 to the board
    • Also served as the Greene County Register and Recorder from 1976-2014
    • Operated the family lumber and sawmill business for 38 years

  • James (Jim) Cowell, Jr., Secretary
    • Appointed in 2004 as Farm Director to the board Coal miner
    • Operates Frosty Springs Farm in Whiteley Township

  • Michael (Mike) Belding, Farm Director
    • Appointed as board member in 2015, Associate Board member 2014
    • Operates 'Leap of Faith Farm' with a goat herd in Greene Township

  • Greg Hopkins, Farm Director
    • Born and raised in Nineveh, PA
    • Sixth generation Greene County native
    • Graduated from Slippery Rock University in 1994 and interned with the Greene County Conservation District office
    • Played eleven years in the Arena Football League and was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame
    • He and his family own and operate Hopkins Store, est. in 1946
    • He enjoys farming and managing their cow/calf operation in Morris Township
    • Appointed as board member from 2013 to present, Associate Board member 2007-2013
    • Appointed as alternate in 2007

  • William (Bill) Wentzel, Public Director
    • Appointed as board member from 2014 to present, Associate Board member 2007-2014
    • Retired Forester
    • Worked for the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry as a State Service Forester in Greene and Washington Counties for 34 years
    • Presently works part-time as an Environmental Program Associate with the Greene County Conservation District
    • Lives near Waynesburg
    • Has three grown children and seven grandchildren
    • Hobbies include bird watching, hunting and fishing
    • He and his wife are originally from the eastern part of the state, near Reading
    • They have come to love Greene County and its people in their 38 years living here

  • J. Robert Rice, Director Emeritus
    • Appointed to the board in 1965
    • Former Gilmore Township Supervisor
Associate Directors (Alternates): (2/22/2017)

  • William (Bill) Cree, Jr.
    • Appointed in 2014 as an associate director to the board

  • Jerry Day
    • Appointed in 2014 as an Associate Board member
    • Owner of Days Gone By Farm in Richhill Township
    • Owner and operator of Day and Son Excavating

  • Glodenna Halstead
    • Appointed as board member in 2013
    • Currently in partnership operating a 200 acre beef operation in Greene Township
    • Veterinarian for 20 years owning and operating State Line Veterinary Services, which is a mobile practice servicing Greene, Fayette and Washington PA Counties and Preston and Monongalia, WV Counties
    • Member of PA Farm Bureau, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association

  • James Kenney, Farmer
    • Appointed as board member in 2007-2015, Associate Board member 2004-2006 and again in 2016
    • Retired pilot
    • Operates Blue Yonder Farm in Morris Township

  • Richard (Rick) Patton
    • Appointed in 2015 as an associate director to the board

  • Jeff Rode
    • Conservation District Board Associate Member since 2016
    • Owner and operator of Rode Excavating
    • Gilmore Township Supervisor

  • David (Dave) Shipman
    • Appointed in 2014 as an associate director to the board
    • Farmer in Morris Township

  • Gay Thistle
    • Appointed as board member 2013
    • Owner of educational and GIS Consulting business since 2007
    • Stewardship Tree Farm cooperator since 2003
    • American Tree Farm since 2013 in Center Township
    • Founding member of the Southwestern PA Woodland Owners Association

  • James (Jim) Willis
    • Appointed in 2014 as an associate director to the board

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Cooperating Agencies:

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service — Phil Evans, District Conservationist
  • PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry —Russ Gibbs, Service Forester
  • PA DEP Field Representative — Chuck Kubasik


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Greene County Conservation District

Ben Franklin Building (Suite 204), 22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 — 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341

County of Greene, Pennsylvania

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