Resource Operations Workshop



The Park Resources Branch coordinates the Resource Operation Workshop which is a one-day, multiple track workshop designed for maintenance staff personnel.  The tracks vary from year to year but they all attempt to educate and update the participants about various technical skills, legal changes and best management practices that affect their day to day operations.

Sponsored by the Park Resources Branch in conjunction with KAFMO (Keystone Atheletic Field Managers' Organization) - PA Chapter of STMA

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Park Resource Operation Workshop 

October 18, 2018
9 am - 2 pm
Cabela's, Hamburg

This is a one-day, multiple track workshop designed for maintenance staff personnel.  The tracks vary from year to year but they all attempt to educate and update the participants about various technical skills, legal changes and best management practices that affect their day to day operations.

Registration Fees:
Member - $60
Non-Member - $75

Fee includes:

¨ Morning and afternoon sessions in your choice of 3 tracks
¨ $10 Cabela’s Gift Card - can be used for lunch 

Audience:  Parks and recreation field staff, public works maintenance personnel, natural resource technicians, school maintenance staff, park resource students and park professionals

Track 1 – Invasive Pests
This session will include a presentation on how Chester County has dealt and is dealing with the infestation of the Southern Pine Beetle which has wiped out large portions of Nottingham County Park.  It will also introduce participants to the Spotted Lantern Fly, its life cycle, its habitat and what measures Berks County and the Commonwealth of PA are taking to control this extremely invasive pest.  The session will also cover Berks County’s Mosquito Borne Disease Program.

Credits approved:

PC - Private Category      7
05 - Forest Pest Control      7
06 - Ornamental and Shade Trees      7
10 - Right of Way & Weeds      7
16 - Public Health - Invertebrate Pest      1
18 - Demonstration and Research      7
23 - Park / School Pest Control      7

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Ability to identify Southern Pine Beetles and Spotted Lantern Flies

  2. Knowledge of life cycles and habitats of Southern Pine Beetles and Spotted Lantern Flies

  3. Knowledge of control measures for Southern Pine Beetles and Spotted Lantern Flies

    Speakers:
    Owen Prusack, Parks and Trails Manager, Chester County Facilities and Parks Department
    Owen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest and Park Resource Management with a minor in Forest Hydrology from West Virginia University.  He has worked in various management capacities with the Chester County Parks Department with a focus on natural resources stewardship including forest management and specializations in native meadow establishment and management.  Owen has considerable experience in the identification and treatment of native and alien invasive plant species.  He has over 30 years of experience in the conservation and stewardship field with DCNR and Chester County Parks and Trails. 

    Tim Abbey, Commercial Horticulture Extension Educator
    Tim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/Ecology from Juniata College and a Master of Science Degree in Turfgrass IPM from the University of Maryland.  He is currently the Commercial Horticulture Educator for York County where his primary role is educating nursery and landscape care personnel on the basics of establishing an integrated pest management program.  Tim also provides Master Gardener training and educational lectures on ornamental insect pests.  Prior to coming to the Penn State Extension Department, Tim worked at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System.

    Evan Corondi,  West Nile Virus, Vector Control & Outreach Coordinator, Berks County Conservation District
    Evan has been with the Berks County Conservation District for 2 ½ years.  Prior to coming to Berks County, Evan was a Department of Agriculture Educator and worked for the Department of Environmental Protection in their Black Fly Program.

    Track 2 - Vehicle & Trailering Laws of PA - CDL Update
    This session will cover the Laws of Pennsylvania pertaining to Commercial Driving, what class of license is required for certain jobs, hauling equipment on trailers, how to properly secure loads, hauling hazardous materials and pesticides and exemptions to these laws. The afternoon session will include a hands-on inspection of a truck and trailer with a secured load.  The afternoon session will be held outside so please dress accordingly.

    Learning Outcomes: 

  4. Update on Commercial Driving License Laws

  5.  Review of Proper Trailering Techniques

  6.  Update on Transporting Pesticides

    Speaker:
    Officer Jim Waits, Muhlenberg Township Police
     Department.  Officer Waits has been employed by Muhlenberg Township Police Department for 8 years and is currently the Township’s Certified Accident Reconstructionist and Federal Motor Carrier Officer.

    Track 3 – Natural Park Maintenance
    This session will introduce the concept of natural parks, why they are important and how to maintain them.  Specific topics will include information about native plants, how natural parks can assist with stormwater management and how to reduce maintenance costs with natural parks. 

    Learning Outcomes: 

  7. Understanding the concept of natural parks

  8. Knowledge of how natural parks impact storm water management

  9. Resources and examples of existing projects

Speakers: 
Nancy Minich, HTR, RLA, ASLA
Nancy is Registered Landscape Architect and a Registered Horticultural Therapist with NAM Planning and Design, LLC

Gary Gimbert is the Regional Director of Land Stewardship and Restoration for the Natural Lands Trust