• Conserving Natural Resources
    for Our Future

Serving Our County, Conserving Our Resources, Preserving Our Environment.


The York County Conservation District is the county government office devoted to assisting residents with their natural resource and environmental concerns.

The District was founded in 1938 when 554 farmers signed a petition requesting assistance for protecting the natural resources of York County. Today, we assist farmers and all county residents by promoting maintenance, improvement and wise use of land, water, soil and other natural resources. We accomplish this mission through educational programs and the administration of laws and regulations for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the State Conservation Commission.

COVID-19 Response – Continuity of Operations Plan:


  • The District Office is open to the public 8:30AM-4:30PM Monday-Friday. Visitors are required to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and have their temperature taken upon entering the building.


  • Please call ahead to pre-schedule office meetings. Appointments are encouraged. We advise clients to contact staff via email.


  • Plans continue to be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has suspended the timeframes for providing permit decisions established in the Policy for Implementing the Department of Environmental Protection Permit Review Process and Permit Decision Guarantee. Please note applicants may experience delays in receiving permit decisions.


  • Act 38 Nutrient Management Plans will be reviewed according to the delegated time frames and procedures established by the State Conservation Commission. Final approvals will be completed by the District Board as delegated.


  • The District Ag staff continues to assist agricultural cooperators with the development and implementation of plans and Best Management Practices (BMPs). Cooperators will be contacted by staff before any on farm visits are conducted and all staff will follow social distancing protocols.


  • The District E&S staff continues to investigate complaints and conduct routine and follow-up site visits/inspections following social distancing protocols.


  • DEP continues to respond in the field to environmental emergencies referred by Conservation Districts that present an immediate threat to public health and safety. Environmental emergencies and complaints during the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency can be reported to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at 1-800-541-2050.

Committed to the improvement and protection of our environment

66 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have a Conservation District responsible for advocating natural resource conservation. The District is directed by a board of citizens concerned about our County, State and Country. Local leadership continues today as we work with landowners and state and federal partners to protect and preserve York County’s natural resources.

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Guidelines for Maintaining Streams in Your Community

DEP strives to assist Pennsylvania communities experiencing damage and disruption from flooding. This webpage contains resources to help municipal officials, property owners, and others affected by flooding of local streams to better understand the regulatory requirements that apply to working in streams. When stream maintenance work is performed in a well-planned, environmentally responsible manner, the likelihood of future problems is reduced.

Please contact your regional DEP office for further assistance.

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Online Manure Management Course Available

A new resource, “Writing a Manure Management Plan for Pennsylvania Farmers and Property Owners” online course, is now available to assist farmers and land owners prepare and implement a Manure Management Plan for their operations…

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Upcoming Events

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Apr 15

2021 Seedling Sale

Support conservation and improve wildlife habitat in your backyard! Sponsored by the York County Conservation District & hosted by York…