Meadville, PA — February 2, 2015 — Greg Kedzierski, Bioengineering Manager at Ernst Conservation Seeds, was recently elected executive council member for Area 1 of the Keystone Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS).
The Soil and Water Conservation Society is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing the science and art of good land and water use.
Executive council members are elected to three-year terms by the membership of the chapter, and form its governing body. Responsibilities include engaging SWCS members in their respective regions by contacting new members to welcome them to the Keystone Chapter and performing follow-up with those whose membership is about to (or has) expired; encouraging active participation of members in state, regional and international workshops, meetings and other events via quarterly email contact; membership recruitment efforts at least once a year; and informing the executive council of opportunities for chapter participation in local events, tours and demonstrations.
Kedzierski’s region includes members in the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland.
Kedzierski has been bioengineering manager and plant materials specialist at Ernst Conservation Seeds for the past eleven years. He consults with restoration specialists, land managers and landscape architects in selecting the proper native seed mixes and plant materials to create and enhance more sustainable, ecologically sound landscapes. He has spoken at numerous conferences and symposia on the benefits of using native species in the landscape and environment, as well as the proper techniques to ensure the success of restoration projects.
Before returning to his home state of Pennsylvania, Kedzierski was a lab and field specialist in soybean breeding at the M.T. Carter Agricultural Research Station at Virginia State University, as well as a seed analyst and truth to variety test plot manager at the Virginia Department of Agriculture.
Kedzierski sits on the Crawford County Oil & Gas Environmental Committee and the City of Meadville Shade Tree Commission, and is a member of the speakers bureau for the Native Pollinators in Agriculture Project. He is a past farmer director for the Crawford County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Kedzierski lives in Meadville, Pennsylvania, with his wife Wendy and their two children.
About Ernst Conservation Seeds
Founded by Calvin Ernst in 1964, Ernst Conservation Seeds grows, processes and sells over 400 species of native and naturalized seeds and live plant materials to conservation organizations, landscape architects, reclamation/restoration contractors, government agencies and private landowners throughout the United States and abroad.
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