If anyone is wanting to find ways to learn about different conservation options on their properties, a partnership with the Chesapeake Conservation and the Huntingdon County Conservation District will allow people to do just that.
Adrienne Gemberling, a representative with the Chesapeake Conservancy, explained what Restoration Reports is and how it can help county residents. The tool was created initially in 2017 for Centre and Clinton counties. It expanded to Huntingdon and Lycoming counties in 2018.
“We worked in partnership with a number of conservation organizations to help tell landowners about different conservation options on their properties,” she said. “This process is generally overwhelming for landowners, because they don’t know where they should start or who they should talk to.
“This is a tool that gives a snapshot of conservation of land according to their interest and their property,” Gemberling added. “They can print out a report where they can choose to manage it for agricultural, recreation or wildlife. What they select is what actually comes out in the report that’s generated.”
Gemberling added there’s a lot going on in the tool that is involved in the back end, and the tool looks at features of individual properties with high resolution mapping.
“It’s crunching a lot of numbers in a small amount of time,” she said. “We work with conservation districts to put things in the report that digestible for landowners and this is where you can start talking about conservation practices.”
Since the website has gone up, over 2,400 users have accessed and have had over 3,000 sessions with Restoration Reports.
For Celina Seftas, executive director of the Huntingdon County Conservation District, she said her role is to help those who use this tool get into contact with different agencies that can help with the conservation of their property.
“One of the outputs from this tool is a list of contacts with different agencies they can get in touch with if they’re interested,” she said. “For example, for wildlife, a landowner can contact us, and we can put them in touch with someone who can help them. We can also provide technical assistance to someone who wants to do the work on their own.
“We can also help to navigate them through programs and grants that are available,” said Seftas. “We can help them wade through the process of getting that started. But, they can also use the information to do the best conservation practices on their own.”
For more information about Restoration Reports, visit the website at www.restorationreports.com.