NEWS & EVENTS

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We’re happy to share news about Earth Conservancy’s recent activities.  See what we’ve been up to!

EC Donates $50,000 to Lower South Valley COG for COVID-19 Assistance

EC Donates $50,000 to Lower South Valley COG for COVID-19 Assistance

Earth Conservancy is proud to support our local communities in their COVID-19 response through a $50,000 donation to the Lower South Valley Council of Governments​, helping eight municipalities acquire the urgent PPE and screening supplies they need. Read more in the Times Leader by clicking​...

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EC Welcomes New President/CEO, Terry Ostrowski, PE

EC Welcomes New President/CEO, Terry Ostrowski, PE

EC officially welcomed Terence J. Ostrowski, PE, as its new President/CEO this February, following the retirement of its longtime President/CEO, Mike Dziak.  Terry is a native of the Wilkes-Barre area, and brings with him over 20 years of progressive engineering and management experience.  He...

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EC and EPCAMR Visit Wyoming Valley West

EC and EPCAMR Visit Wyoming Valley West

EC was on the road last week with one of its favorite collaborators, EPCAMR, speaking to students in Carol McGarry's honors science class at Wyoming Valley West Middle School. In focus: The many scientific disciplines that inform the work we do in reclaiming legacy minelands. Here, EPCAMR's...

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DCNR Awards EC Grant for Newport Township OHV Feasibility Study

DCNR Awards EC Grant for Newport Township OHV Feasibility Study

Earth Conservancy was notified it had received a $62,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to conduct a feasibility study for an ATV riding facility in Newport Township. The initiative will build on work done in our 2006 ATV report, as well as information...

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Dziak, EC President & CEO, Announces His Retirement

Dziak, EC President & CEO, Announces His Retirement

It is with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude that we announce the retirement of Earth Conservancy’s President and CEO, Mike Dziak, at the end of January 2020.  Mike joined EC at its beginning in 1994. During those 25 years, he has proven a tireless champion for the organization’s mission of...

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Staff Member Rick Ruggiero Set to Retire

Staff Member Rick Ruggiero Set to Retire

After 25 years with Earth Conservancy, and many additional years with the Blue Coal Corporation, our friend and colleague, Rick Ruggiero, is retiring. Rick served as our Property Documentation Specialist & Survey Coordinator, and his knowledge and experience helped bring EC to where it is...

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EC Participates in 2019 NAAMLP / NASLR / PAAMR Conference

EC Participates in 2019 NAAMLP / NASLR / PAAMR Conference

Earth Conservancy was happy to attend, present, and be an official friend of a joint conference in Pittsburgh by three amazing groups dedicated to the reclamation and reuse of abandoned mine lands:  the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP), the National Association of...

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Meuser Visits EC to Discuss AML Impacts in the 9th District

Meuser Visits EC to Discuss AML Impacts in the 9th District

In late August 2019, EC hosted an information session with Congressman Dan Meuser of the 9th District, focusing on reauthorization of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act - aka SMCRA - in 2021. SMCRA helps fund reclamation of abandoned mine lands (AML) across the U.S., and has been...

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Jason Tarnowski Joins EC as Project & Operations Manager

Jason Tarnowski Joins EC as Project & Operations Manager

EC is pleased to introduce Jason Tarnowski, PLS, who joins us as our new Project and Operations Manager.  Jason, who holds a BS in Survey Engineering from Penn State University, is an experienced surveyor and management professional, with over 20 years of experience in the field.  Much of his work...

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Dziak Honored by Huber Breaker Preservation Society

Dziak Honored by Huber Breaker Preservation Society

On Saturday, July 20, Mike Dziak, EC's President and CEO, was honored by the Huber Breaker Preservation Society (HBPS) with an engraved stone marker during a Heritage Day program at the Anthracite Miners’ Memorial in Ashley. Despite the heat, the event was well-attended, including state Rep. Eddie...

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