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Dirt on Conservation: Ag plastic recycling project underway

Thursday, May 9, 2013

I grew up in a recycling house and didn’t even realize it. My parents both grew up during the Depression and they would never throw anything out unless there was absolutely no other use for it or until it was beyond repair. My mother would wash out cans and jars to use for storage containers […]

Bobcats are intriguing creatures in Ohio

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is native to Ohio but was once extirpated from the state in 1850 due to the early settlement. In 1997, Division of Wildlife initiated a project to systematically monitor the status on bobcats in the state. In 2011, there was confirmation of 136 sightings, which is an increase since 2010 of […]

Cicadas won’t be visiting Ohio this year

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The buzz is on its way for the East Coast this summer. Several states up and down the East Coast are expected to be inundated with Magicicadas, but Ohio has to wait for this extraordinary natural event. Magicicadas, or periodical cicadas, usually appear between May and July. Periodical cicadas are a 1 to 1.5 inch […]

Helping young people care: closing the gap between children and nature

Thursday, April 18, 2013

By JOHN NEIDER In today’s world, it is often difficult to get people excited about natural resources conservation. There are a thousand distractions around us every day, and little thought is given to the natural world. With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, and with a growing disconnect between children and nature, we are presented […]

Cost-effective conservation practices

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cost-effective Conservation! Simple Practices that Make a Big Difference! Improve Your Farm in 5 Easy Steps! Did I grab your attention like those magazines in the check-out aisle? I usually read those eye-catching articles and realize I already knew most of the information, but need to put knowledge into action to see improvements. A lot […]

Keep a wary eye on your tile line or you will suffer the consequences

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I have improved tile drainage around my property and have clear open outlets to the road ditch. In low flows everything is fine, but then during high flow events, the water can’t get away because my neighbor’s driveway culvert is half plugged and in complete disarray and they do not seem interested in doing anything […]

Some insight on the out-of-sight and out-of-mind: septic systems

Thursday, March 28, 2013

By Lori Morey Most of us only think about our septic systems when they are making themselves known to us in some disturbing way, such as backing up in the home or yard. Unfortunately when that happens it is usually too late and something has gone very wrong. In Ohio alone there are about one […]

Keeping soil healthy and productive

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Have you ever heard the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same?” From my research, Alphonse Karr is credited for this statement but how many times have each of us repeated this? It doesn’t seem to matter what industry you are a part of; someone is always coming up with a […]

Blue green algae: You don’t need to fix the problem if it doesn’t happen in the first place

Thursday, March 14, 2013

If you raise crops, and fertilizer is your biggest expense, then it only makes sense to use it wisely, and following the 4Rs can increase productivity and minimize the environmental impact of continuous cropping.

Could we handle another big flood?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

As I sit here writing this article, the weather has been less than pleasant. I watch it transition from rain to snow, to sleet, and back to rain. Being the conservation minded person I am, I can’t help but observe streams and ditches as I drive back and forth to work. The movement of water […]

Don’t give bats a bad rap —they just need help and understanding

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recently, a friend told me about a bat flying in their barn. It was late December and right before a cold spell. It landed and was hanging on a board in the rafters, and they wanted to know what to do about it. Well, she wanted to “help” it, and her husband wanted to kill, […]

That old, abandoned road on your property may not be abandoned

Thursday, February 14, 2013

To prevent headaches or disputes, if you’ve got an abandoned road on your property, find out if the road was ever vacated and is no longer an official road.

Bees? It’s a valuable, and fun, hobby

Thursday, February 7, 2013

In 2009 I started something that I never thought I would do — beekeeping! (If someone had told me a few years ago that I would become a beekeeper, I would have told them they were crazy.)Oh, I’d been around bees because my grandfather and grandmother always kept bees and at one time my grandfather […]

Focusing in on conservation

Thursday, January 31, 2013

So much of life depends upon your point of view. Everyone has different experiences and learns from a unique perspective. My grade school consisted of two classes per grade level and each had a different teacher. I discovered early on that, although I was in the same grade at the same school as my first […]

A tried-and-true solution to nutrient pollution, then and now

Thursday, January 24, 2013

From cattle to commerce, mills to malls, and farmlands to frack pads, every watershed has historically supported a large variety of ever-changing land uses, determined by the availability and management of nearby natural resources. Since their formation by the Ohio General Assembly in 1941, Ohio’s 88 Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been at the […]

The pros and cons of owning a pond

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Private ponds can be a great way to add function, as well as scenic beauty, to your property. A properly constructed pond can provide a landowner with their own personal fishing hole, swimming destination or place to view wildlife. The possibility of these positive aspects tends to consume the landowners thought process when deciding to […]

Winter time means it is a good time to control invasive species in the woods

Thursday, January 10, 2013

It’s January and it’s cold — not surprising for our area. However, as you look out the window praying for that so-called “global warming” to kick in, you think, “This is a great time to take control of those invasive species in my woods.” OK, so that may not be exactly what you were thinking, […]

The dirt on conservation

Thursday, January 3, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Recently, the Guernsey Soil & Water Conservation District hosted a local Meadowbrook HS student in its volunteer training program. Erica Showalter, daughter of Robert Showalter and Rachel Reid, of Pleasant City, contacted our office to ask if she could volunteer in order to learn more about the district and what working in […]

Foresters can offer sound advice on timber sales

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

An explanation of the different types of foresters available.

Carroll County producers to receive cost share for installing cover crops

Thursday, December 27, 2012

(This article was co-written by Ray Rummell and Linda Yeager, both from the Carroll SWCD.) The Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District established a cover crop program to assist landowners/ users to reduce soil erosion being created by the increase in soybeans and corn production on marginal land. Carroll SWCD partnered with Muskingum Conservancy District […]

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