PASA Marcellus Shale Choices Workshop Series

Part 1 – Integrative Decision Making for Farmers & Land Owners

May 17: Jefferson County; May 18 McKean County; May 19 Allegheny County; May 20 Greene County – 10:00am – 3:30pm

Farmers and rural landowners are a key group impacted by the Marcellus Shale gas development, as they continue to steward their land in the complicated environment of Marcellus Shale gas play.

PASA, with funding from the Colcom Foundation, has developed a series of action-oriented trainings throughout western Pennsylvania to help farmers, rural land owners, and other citizens make informed, holistic decisions, understand legal issues, and engage in environmental monitoring and local organizing efforts related to Marcellus Shale Gas issues within their communities.

In the first workshop of this series, Byron Shelton, Holistic Management Educator, farmer, rancher and owner of Landmark Decisions in Buena Vista, Colorado, will guide participants in learning a reasoning process that will help them establish a unique farm/rural land steward goal and make decisions to move them toward that goal. This decision-making process integrates the needs of the people that are involved, the economics of the situation, and the environment.

Over the course of the day, participants will develop their own farm or land-based goal. They will then test potential choices and actions to measure how these decisions move them toward their intended goal. While participants may consider the impacts and potentials of Marcellus Shale development in light of their overall goals, these tools are applicable to a much broader scope of decisions and choices – all of which involve ultimate movement toward the unique goal of the farm, landowner, family, or business situation.


  • Registration Fee: $45 per farm/family
  • PASA Members: Free
For more information and to register online: Click Here

About Byron Shelton: Byron Shelton, a Holistic Management Certified Educator, and rancher in Buena Vista, Colorado, is the owner of Landmark Decisions which provides facilitation and decision-making training in Whole Farm Planning using Holistic Management™ Financial Planning, Ecosystem Processes Management, Grazing Planning and Monitoring, and Land Planning in family, business, agricultural, natural resource, and community settings.