On June 13, 2012, the PA Steelhead Assoc. welcomed Jane Menchyk from the Western PA Conservancy and Dave Skellie from PA Sea Grant/PA Fish and Boat Commission/Lake Erie Region Conservancy as our guest speakers. Jane and Dave have worked on several land conservation projects (purchases and donations) in the Erie area. They shared their experiences and discussed the importance of strong local partnerships in their pursuit of protecting land for multiple conservation usages. Dave and Jane discussed voluntary conservation opportunities and programs for landowners including the tax benefits associated with donated conservation easements. We all have a vested interest in the preservation of these special places for current and future generations to have the opportunity to enjoy.
Jane R. Menchyk - Land Protection Specialist, Western PA Conservancy
Over 6 years experience coordinating and conducting all aspects of real estate transactions including land protection projects (donated and purchased). Land protection experience includes development of acquisition strategies, outreach with landowners and community, management of acquisition projects, development of legal agreements, including conservation easements. Jane works with interested landowners and other conservation organizations in the Lake Erie watershed and northwest region of Pennsylvania on land protection projects for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Jane received a B.S. in Biology from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.
Dave Skellie - Coastal Land Use & Economic Specialist, PA Sea Grant/PA Fish and Boat Commission/Lake Erie Region Conservancy
Mr. Skellie has 38 years of land use planning experience within Erie County, having served as County Planner/County Planning Director for Erie County government for 29 of those years. He serves as a board member for the Lake Erie Region Conservancy (LERC). Dave works with the PA Fish and Boat Commission in regards to their Erie Access Improvement Program. His areas of technical specialty encompass sustainable land use development initiatives, including comprehensive planning, land use regulations, the Coastal Zone Management Program, and farmland and open space preservation. Activities include serving as a liaison with watershed and governmental organizations, nonpoint-source pollution prevention, land preservation, conservation design, improved angler access, stream corridor protection, and land use-related outreach.