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Zoning: What is it and Why Should I Care?

October 17 6PM - 7:15PM | REGISTER

The way that land is used can have a significant impact on individual landowners, surrounding residents, and community members as a whole. Zoning is a land use regulation that sets standards for items such as land use, density, and lot dimensions. In Pennsylvania, local municipalities, including counties, are given the authority to enact zoning ordinances provided they follow the overall guidelines set forth by the state. While municipalities must follow these overall guidelines, they have flexibility in establishing specific standards. It's important for local officials as well as landowners, business owners, and members of the public, to understand the purpose, process, and potential effects of zoning. This webinar will help participants increase their knowledge of zoning. As a result, they can be better prepared for potential future actions.

Who is this for?

  • General Public
  • Citizen Planners
  • Elected Officials
  • Landowners

What will you learn?

  • Fundamentals of zoning, including purpose, enactment, and implementation
  • Importance of public engagement in the zoning process
  • Roles of elected and appointed officials, landowners, and the general public
  • Items to consider when making land use decisions

Nitrogen in Groundwater - Where it Comes From, and What are the Health Risks

November 8, 1PM - 2PM | REGISTER

Nitrogen in Groundwater - Where Does it Come from and What are the Health Risks will discuss why nitrogen is frequently found in private wells across the Commonwealth, the potential health hazards it poses, and the steps private wells owners can take to minimize their risks.

Who is this for?

  • Homeowners
  • Private Water System Users
  • Anyone who is concerned about nitrogen in their well water

What will you learn?

  • Common sources of nitrogen in water wells
  • How to test for nitrogen in drinking water
  • Health conditions associated with drinking water that contains high nitrogen level
    Ways to protect your water supply

Forest Management and Birds: Introduction to Healthy Forest Initiative

September 27, 8AM - 9AM | FREE (Credits $10) | REGISTER  

Audubon's Healthy Forest program is designed to help foresters protect forest birds that are experiencing population declines. The program provides information and details about how to manage forests in a way that supports bird populations. In addition, the Forester Endorsement Program provides an overview of the program and its benefits for foresters.

Who is this for?

  • Foresters
  • Land managers
  • Natural resources professionals
  • Wildlife biologists
  • Landowners

What will you learn?

  • Landscape-stand-level planning and management to improve forest habitat diversity
  • Forest management for climate resiliency
  • Learn about birds in decline
  • Audubon Mid-Atlantic Endorsement program
  • Habitat-focused forest management practices

Woodlands and Watersheds: How Forest Stewardship Protects and Improves Pennsylvania’s Streams and Groundwater

October 18, 1PM - 2PM | FREE | REGISTER

Forests play a crucial role in protecting creeks, rivers, and lakes. However, the reasons behind this are not commonly known. This presentation will delve into the connections between forests and water quality. We will examine how trees function as stormwater management machines, define how watersheds help land managers measure the water quality benefits of forest buffers, explore the influence of woodlands on the water cycle, including groundwater, and observe how cities are increasingly planting trees and other vegetation to help alleviate their growing stormwater management issues.

Who is this for?

  • Landowners
  • Homeowners
  • Anyone interested in water resources

What will you learn?

  • How forests influence water quality
  • How trees function to improve stormwater management

Taking Action on Single Use Plastics - A Program of PA Bird Town

October 19, 7PM | FREE, but Registration is Required | REGISTER

This is a special webinar to focus on actions our chapters can consider regarding this conservation issue of highest priority that our chapter network has identified. We will briefly review the Pennsylvania Audubon Council’s Education and Outreach Statement for “Elimination of Single use Plastics” with Sue Murawski, the lead author for the statement. Heidi Shiver will spotlight some local successes from several Bird Town Pennsylvania municipalities. These efforts will be profiled and amplified by panelists that include Richard Metz and Faran Savitz, PennEnvironment’s Zero Waste Advocate. This webinar will reinforce that the most effective efforts at this time are at the municipal level and are the best pathway for success.

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