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Signs of spring … and the Envirothon

Thursday, March 1, 2012

As I sit and look at the weather outside, the sun is shining and it is almost 40 degrees in February in Ohio. Wow, what’s next? Spring, and along with spring comes Envirothon. What is the Envirothon? It is a competitive outdoor environmental education event for area high school students. Area III Envirothon will be […]

SWCD offers something for everyone

Thursday, February 16, 2012

As I near my 10th anniversary with the Columbiana Soil & Water Conservation District, I reflect on one of the questions I hear the most; “What do you guys do here?” And while this may seem like any easy question to answer, it actually can be quite complex. The reason this question is so complex […]

Runoff is more than a nuisance

Friday, February 10, 2012

As I stare out my window, desperately searching for that first sign of spring, all I see is rain, again. Normally, I look forward to the rain after a long, cold, snowy winter. The thrill of watching the snow slowly melt away, releasing winter’s icy grip one drop at a time, gives me comfort. However, […]

Bats mean more to us and the economy than you might think

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bats are hard at work around the world, fulfilling tasks that are vital to healthy ecosystems and human economies. Many of the more than 1,200 bat species are insectivorous.

With all the oil and gas drilling buzz, who’s thinking about conservation?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

With all the attention that is being given to the oil and gas play in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, have you thought what the local soil and water conservation district could do to assist you as a landowner?

Geotextile fabric great for heavy-use

Thursday, January 12, 2012

As beneficial as soil is, even we conservationists have a hard time extolling its virtues when spring rains turn farms to mud and the cows are standing in it up to their knees.

Farm nutrient management looks to be hot issue in Ohio in 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

As 2011 ends and we look ahead at what might be the big issue for agriculture in 2012, I think the big issue will be on farm nutrient management.

Plan ahead to avoid repeat of 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 will certainly be remembered for a long time as one of the wettest on record. I can’t cite any “official” data, but we’ve had at least 12 more inches of rain this year than our average.

The Dirt on Conservation: Challenges of the wet harvest season

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Do you ever get in a rut? I don’t mean like in your field or yard. The “rut” I’m talking about Webster describes as “a usual or fixed practice, a monotonous routine.”

Quick tips for holiday conservation

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It’s hunting season. Depending on your perspective, you imagine hunting as wearing camouflage, being in the woods in the early morning hours and waiting for the perfect moment as a large buck or doe comes into view in your scope … or … you scour the local ads, online deals and also do the early […]

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