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

 PA Council on the Arts grant to partner with the Council on Greenways & Trails to present Nature Art Showcase in Franklin, PA

Penn Soil RC&D received a $1604 grant from the PA Council on the Arts via Erie Arts & Culture to help plan and present the 4th annual Nature Art Showcase in Franklin, PA on February 8-9 at the Barrow-Civic Theatre during the Franklin on Ice Event.  For more information or to register as an artist click here.

Penn Soil RC&D To Sponsor  Grazing Field Day in Potter Co.

A Grazing Workshop will be held in Potter County, PA on October 18, 2019 at the Eric Hamilton Farm near North Bingham, PA from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM to benefit grazing producers from PA and NY.  The field day will be held next to the North Bingham, PA cemetery, north of the Bingham Center Road in PA. For more information check our Events Page.  Eric Hamilton will be our host for the field day. They pasture Charolais cross cattle in an intensively managed grazing system.  Russ Wilson will also discuss maximizing forage yields and Fay Benson will present on soil health.

Latest Project-Baby Arch Monument to honor local workers

Winterfest Committee Releases Results of 2019 Jim Lobdell IWPA  Canine Weight Pull


The Warren County Winterfest Committee announce the results of the 2019 Jim Lobdell Memorial IWPA Canine Weight Pull hosted by the Tionesta Valley Snowmobile Club. For complete results, click this link.

Penn Soil RC&D Council has agreed to act as a fiscal agent for the Committee of Retired Boilermakers  in their quest to build a scale model replica of the famous Gateway Arch at the Warren County Visitors Bureau to honor the local labor connection to the history of creating the 630 foot tall Gateway Arch located at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri.  Eighty percent of the stainless steel sections of the Gateway Arch (everything visible above ground level) were fabricated at the Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel plant shop in Warren, PA and shipped to St. Louis, MO for erection.  Upto 280 local craftsmen worked on the Arch project in 1964 and 1965 at the PDM shop, and the local labor contribution to our Nation's history has largely been ignored or forgotten by many folks.   


For more details on the Baby Arch project and a chance to help make sure that their hard work will not be forgotten, we invite you to check out a new website Penn Soil RC&D has created specifically for this project at www.babyarch.org 

The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis, MO

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.

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

Penn Soil RC&D celebrates 50 years

(L-R) Nathan Welker, USFS; Jack Preston Chairman of Penn Soil RC&D; Wes Ramsey Exec. Director Penn Soil RC&D; Sheila Sterret of U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey Staff, & PA Senator Scott Hutchinson pose with certificates of appreciation presented to Penn Soil RC&D on its 50th Anniversary of serving the residents of Northwest PA