Sally Corrigan retires after 23 years protecting Pike's natural resources

Pike County Conservation District bids a fond farewell to its first manager and full-time employee


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  • From left: PA Rep. Mike Peifer, Sally Corrigan, PA Rep. Rosemary Brown, and PA Sen. Lisa Baker at a surprise retirement gathering held for Corrigan on April 6 "in appreciation of her commitment to continuing this area’s proud conservation legacy." (Photo provided)




  • Sally Corrigan in the field (Photo provided)



Corrigan implemented the county's erosion and sedimentation program as well as a groundwater monitoring program that has resulted in four water quality studies.


— After 23 years of service to the people of Pike County, Pike County Conservation District Executive Director Sally Corrigan retired on April 6.

Corrigan began her career in the district in 1980, when she became the first manager and first full-time employee of the agency tasked to conserve Pike's natural resources. During this time, she coordinated activities of the Board of Directors and the district's outreach programs, and worked with the district and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to implement the county's erosion and sedimentation program.

From 1985 to 1995, Corrigan worked as Director at Lacawac Sanctuary, a place that remains near and dear to her. She also spent several years at TraveLearn, a company focusing on educational learning vacations around the world, coordinating arrangements and in-country lectures. Highlights included travel to Kenya and Tanzania, visits to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and Costa Rica. She even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!

Corrigan also spent a year working as the Northeast U.S. Regional Coordinator for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) arranging weekend events designed to help women become more involved in outdoor activities. Her service to the Federation continues as a volunteer committee member with the Lake Region Longbeards NWTF Chapter.

Accomplishments in PikeIn 1999, Corrigan returned to Pike County Conservation District as conservation education coordinator. She eventually became watershed specialist before moving to the Pike County Community Planning Office, where she served as director. There she worked with the county commissioners to implement the Comprehensive Plan and develop the county’s first Open Space/Greenways Plan, and to launch the Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program and Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

In 2012, Corrigan once again returned to the district as executive director following the retirement of Susan Beecher.

During Corrigan’s career at the district, she implemented its Water Resource Conservation Program, including monitoring streams throughout the county, working closely with citizen watershed groups and helping to build a groundwater monitoring program in association with United States Geological Survey. The program has resulted in four water quality studies.

For more information about the Pike County Conservation District, visit pikeconservation.org.

Related story"Michele Long named new head of conservation district": https://bit.ly/2HJKiVn





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