Mission Statement

 

Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council is a 501-c-3 Not-for-Profit Corporation registered with the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.  The mission of this organization is to provide the local leadership necessary to develop and implement a plan that will improve the economy, environmental and social well-being of the people through accelerated planning and development of the natural resources in the project area consisting of Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties of northwest PA.

Where To Find Us

Penn Soil RC&D serves the residents of eight northwestern PA counties, including Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Warren, but our main business office is located at 4000 Conewango Avenue; Warren, PA 16365

You can call us at 814-726-1441 Fax us at 814-406-0005

or email us at pennsoilrcd@wcconservation.net

2017 River of the Year Celebration
Final Report

In honor of the Allegheny River being designated as the 2017 PA River of the Year, Penn Soil RC&D co-sponsored the River of the Year Celebration which included a series of 24 public educational and recreational events that connected people to the value of clean water and a wide variety of benefits produced for communities all along the Allegheny River

Donate to an
RC&D Project

Penn Soil RC&D is a registered 501-c-3 charitable organization registered with the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations and the Internal Revenue Service.  You can make a tax deductible donation to Penn Soil RC&D to support a project.

Get Involved

Penn Soil RC&D is governed by a  Board of Directors appointed by our member County Sponsors.  Each member County is allowed to be represented by four voting members: one County Commissioner representative, one  Co. Conservation District member, and two At-Large Council members.  The board meets quarterly at one of the eight county host locations. For a list of meeting dates and locations, click here.  

Penn Soil RC&D awarded a

 $4500 grant in support of the Toy Shoppe of Warren, PA from Cummins Inc. to continue toy production.

Penn Soil RC&D received a $4500 grant from the Cummins Diesel Inc. to support the Toy Shoppe of Warren, PA Project.  The volunteers at the Toy Shoppe produce over 1400 handmade wooden toys for distribution to disadvantaged children and childrens service providers in the Warren-Jamestown Area in 2019.

 2020 Nature Art Showcase event attracts 800 visitors

Penn Soil RC&D received a $1302 grant from Erie Arts & Culture to plan and co-host the fifth annual Nature Art Showcase held February 7-8, 2020 at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin, PA.  This free event co-hosted by the Council on Greenways & Trails is designed to celebrate four seasons of outdoor recreation and the beautiful natural resources of northwestern Pennsylvania.  The event held during the Franklin On Ice event also provided opportunities for artists and artisans to display and/or sell their artwork to the public in attendance.  The event which attracted 60 participating artists who entered 109 pieces of art including 90 pieces of art listed for sale to the public.  Thirty-five of the artworks listed for sale were purchased during the showcase.

Artist Deac Mong's Big Bear wins Peoples Choice Award

Penn Soil Completes Erie Bluffs State Park Trail Rehabilitation Project

Penn Soil RC&D recently completed a project to fund trail improvements in Erie Bluffs State Park.  The project stabilized sections of existing trail which were experiencing erosion problems and improved visitor signage for trail users. See our Blog page for more details.

Penn Soil Receives SARE Grant to Build Mobile Poultry Bedding Processing Machine

In cooperation with the Association of Warm Season Grass Producers, Penn Soil RC&D applied for and was awarded a $29,993 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant to build and test a mobile poultry bedding processing machine.  The machine has been built and is currently being tested. 

Baby Arch Monument to honor local workers connection to Gateway Arch completed

The Committee of Retired Boilermakers, based in Warren, Pennsylvania, recently completed a campaign for recognition of the men who worked for the Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel Company plant in Warren, more commonly known as PDM. A fact often obscured in the history of the Arch is the fabrication of its components. While the base of the structure was a combination of concrete, steel and other foundation elements put in place by the Ironworkers and other tradesmen, the above-ground part of the Arch— 80 percent of the structure –was fabricated off-site and shipped to St. Louis by rail. That fabrication job was left to the small PDM boilermaker shop in Warren.

 

These Boilermakers were responsible for fabricating the pieces that became the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, on the national park known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. From 1962 to 1965, there were approximately 280 men who worked on the Gateway Arch project welding, cutting and fabricating the pieces that would be shipped by train and semi-trucks from Warren to St. Louis.  Each piece had to be intricately cut, measured and ground to within 1/64th of an inch to make sure they would fit together perfectly with the other two pieces to form the triangle that began the base of each leg on each side.  They were built continuously in this manner, only to be adjusted as the degree for the arch was adjusted. The completed Arch stands 630 feet tall in St. Louis to this day, with the 55th anniversary approaching in October of 2020.

 

As recommended in a tourism study done by consultant Gary Esolen of PLACES in 2007, it was our goal to build and place a new miniature replica of the Arch at the PA Visitor’s Center located in Starbrick, PA where visitors and tourists stop often to get information regarding information on things to do and also the history of Warren, PA. Our goal is to have this “Baby Arch” project completed with everything set up at the Visitor’s Center this year..

 

Our Committee solicited potential donors for a new project to fabricate and erect a scale model replica (“Baby Arch”) of the St. Louis Gateway Arch at the Warren County PA Visitors Center to let visitors know that the PDM shop in Warren was the birthplace of the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The Boilermakers' union also provided our Committee with videos and murals that we could put on display in the PA Visitor’s Center. Labor for the project was donated by committee volunteers. Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council, a 501c3 charitable organization based in North Warren, served as our committee’s fiscal agent.

 

In November of 2012, the Committee of Retired Boilermakers from Warren boarded a motor coach bound for Saint Louis.  Their mission: claim their contribution as Boilermakers in building the Gateway Arch, and to “put Warren on the map” as “the home of the Arch” where most of its wedge-shaped components were fabricated.   When these Boilermakers toured the Gateway Arch, Tom Bradley, superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, held a ceremony and lunch to honor the men. “We’ve had many reunions here of workers over the years, but none quite like this one. Many of you were instrumental in building the Arch, this incredible memorial, yet never saw it when it was completed,” Bradley told the men.  “But it’s due to your hard work that we are here today.”  The National Park Service presented each retired Boilermaker a special commemorative book about the history of the Arch project.

Ike Erdman, former PDM welder inspects progress on Baby Arch Monument while under construction.

The Committee of Retired Boilermakers celebrates the completion of the Baby Arch Monument at the Warren Co. Visitors Bureau to preserve the history of local labor's role in building the Gateway Arch.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO stands 630 feet tall and was completed in 1965. All the above ground sections of the Arch were fabricated in Warren, PA.

 In 2012, a group of retired boilermakers made the trip to St. Louis to claim the Arch

Ike Erdman is recognized by National Park Service in St. Louis, MO for his work on fabricating sections of the Arch at the PDM shop in Warren, PA.

Gateway Arch in St. Louis nearing completion in 1965

The Pittsburgh Des Moines (PDM) shop in Warren, PA was the site chosen to fabricate all the stainless steel sections of the Arch

Penn Soil Project at Two Mile Run

The Two Mile Run Dam was one of Penn Soil's earliest and most significant RC&D projects providing flood control, recreational benefits, fish and wildlife habitat, and economic benefits to Venango County.