MCCD Welcomes New Staff

Eric Miller – District Manager

Eric spent the last 8 years as the Public Lands Habitat Section Chief with the Pennsylvania Game Commission in Harrisburg where he was responsible for wildlife habitat management across the agency’s 1.5 million acres. Eric received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Delaware State University and his Master of Science degree in Conservation Biology from Green Mountain College. His Master’s thesis researched the effects of invasive vegetation on American woodcock nesting. In his free time, Eric runs a non-profit youth baseball organization, enjoys hunting with his pointing dogs, saltwater fishing and boating with his family.

Ruth Heil – Administrative Assistant

Ruth’s career began in the world of advertising. As production manager, she served as a liaison between the agency’s clients and its creative department. When the company closed its doors, she opened her own consulting business, Streamline Organizational Services, to help small-business owners improve the efficiency of their offices. Consulting turned to communicating when her service became The Write Beat. As a freelance writer she focuses on using plain English to convey complicated material to the layperson, preferring to write about her lifelong interest in nature, the environment, and simple living. Her favorite hobbies are camping, hiking, outdoor music festivals, and learning new tunes to play on her Boston Studio piano.

Carl Hollenback – Engineering Technician

Carl has experience with land development design as well as construction management. For the past eight years he has been working as a consultant on projects for the Pennsylvania Turnpike where he was responsible for permit compliance of erosion and sedimentation in addition to managing the overall projects’ documentation. Carl received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. In his free time, Carl enjoys spending time outdoors, skiing, camping, kayaking and rock climbing.

Rachel Hendricks – Resource Conservationist

Rachel spent the last 3 years as a Compliance Coordinator for a water and wastewater contract operations company. She is a licensed water and wastewater operator in Pennsylvania. Prior to her time in wastewater compliance she was an Environmental Scientist for a surface mining company, and interned with the PADEP HSCA program. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geo-Environmental Science from Shippensburg University. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and three cats, volunteering for a few local organizations, reading, and painting.

Shannon Healey – Resource Conservationist

Shannon graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Planning. She has experience as a horticulturist for David Brothers Landscaping focusing on green roofs. In her free time, Shannon enjoy spending time outside, as well as baking and reading.

Pasture Renovation Demonstration

JPG 2017 Pasture Renovation Advertising Flyer


Interseeder Demo flyer

Interseeding Demonstration Field Day

Apply to be a Master Watershed Steward – Deadline Extended!

The Penn State Montgomery County Master Watershed Stewards are currently accepting applications for the class of 2017. Master Watershed Stewards receive extensive training on water resource stewardship and then put their expertise to use helping and leading projects to protect and enhance water quality.
Applications will be accepted until March 24, 2017, or until the class is filled. Class size is limited to 25 individuals.  Applicants need not be expert in environmental studies, but should have some familiarity with water needs and a desire to learn. A strong commitment to volunteer service is a must.  Interviews will take place in late February-March to select the final candidates. Training sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings (and two Saturday mornings) from April 5 through June 21 at various organizational partners’ sites.
The training program covers a wide variety of water issues, including stormwater runoff, creek health, rain gardens, macroinvertebrates, wildlife and many other issues that are dependent on clean water. Upon completion of all classes, Master Watershed Steward candidates must pass a comprehensive closed book final exam. Within the first year after classroom study, trainees are required to volunteer 50 hours in the community. At the completion of this volunteer service, trainees receive the official Master Watershed Stewards certification.
For more information, please send an email to: with the subject line ‘2017 Master Watershed Stewards Training’. For more background on the Master Watershed Stewards and the program check out the Extension website:

Download an application form.

Pasture and Manure Management Workshop March 6

On Monday, March 6th, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM, Montgomery County Conservation District in conjunction with Penn State Cooperative Extension, will present a free Pasture/Manure Management Workshop at the 4H Center, in Creamery, PA. For more information and to register, see the attached flyer.

2017 Pasture Management Workshop


















Mission Statement
To protect and improve the quality of life of the residents of Montgomery County and surrounding communities by providing, in cooperation with others, timely and efficient service, education, and technical guidance, for the wise use of our soil, water, and related resources.