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It’s important to know — and care — where your food comes from

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Writing an article about conservation is normally not very hard for most folks that work for a Soil & Water Conservation District. If you’re employed at a place that promotes an ideology that you embrace, then the passion is always present, and writing things about what you do is relatively easy. Lesson If you fail […]

Floodplain management: Yes, it is important for everyone in Ohio

Thursday, November 15, 2012

As I drive by our streams, which are at higher water levels due to the rains from Hurricane Sandy, I can’t help but see how much flood damage could be avoided. Floods are a natural and unavoidable fact of life along streams and rivers. Loss of life and property damage can result when people choose […]

Beyond county lines: Taking a watershed approach to conservation

Thursday, November 8, 2012

By KIMBERLY BREWSTER The term “watershed” has been a buzzword in recent years, popping up in discussions about conservation, water quality, and land management. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a watershed is “the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean.” Water […]

Beyond county lines: Taking a watershed approach to conservation

Thursday, November 1, 2012

By KIMBERLY BREWSTER The term “watershed” has been a buzzword in recent years, popping up in discussions about conservation, water quality, and land management. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a watershed is “the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean.” Water […]

Remember, we all live downstream

Thursday, October 25, 2012

If you live along a waterway, no matter what the size, consider the importance of the backyard stream you have the privilege to care for.

Time to check for damage and search for trappers to deal with fur bearers

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ohio fur trapping season is around the corner. The season begins Nov. 10 and runs until Jan. 31, 2013, except for otters and beavers — that season starts Dec. 26 and ends Feb. 28. Now is the time to get out and scout for damage from those pesky little fur bearers. If you’re a farmer […]

So, exactly what is conservation?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

So, I get this e-mail from Tracy Haney, Tuscarawas SWCD, that says would you mind writing me an article for the Farm and Dairy (it can be anything on conservation). My first reaction is that’s a pretty big, open-ended subject, and where should I begin. This shouldn’t be a problem, as I spent my career […]

Teaching conservation for our future

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What happens when you pull a $20 bill out of your pocket and tell a classroom of 4th graders you will give them the money if they can tell you something they ate for breakfast that did not come from the soil? Of course everyone raises their hand because they think they can take the […]

Pasture walks give you great ideas

Friday, September 28, 2012

We have had great attendance throughout the summer for the Eastern Ohio Grazing Council pasture walks. The grazing council wants to make sure that we continue this success, so this is to update you on the scheduled pasture walks and to remind you to keep up on your fall pasture management. Depending on when you […]

Slug love is fascinating sight

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Look at those nasty things was my first reaction.’ But, then like staring at a train wreck, I found myself in awe of these slimy creatures. As my curiosity for the natural world has always been leading me forward to see new things, slugs, although not as striking as other species that inhabit this planet, […]

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