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 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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 […]
When I took a part-time position with the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, little did I know what a learning experience it would be.
Do you recognize the habitat or habitats your property holds?
H.E.L.P. is an acronym for Higher Education Learning Partnership. This type of organization is more commonly known as a P-16 (Preschool-Bachelor’s Degree) Council.
For rural neighbors, maintaining a positive relationship and mutual respect for one another could be one of the most important aspects in an ever-changing environment.
The word “lasagna” brings mouth-watering thoughts of baked pasta noodles layered in tomato sauce, fresh garlic, meat, and melted cheese. But in the world of gardening and composting, “lasagna gardening” is far from tasty. It gets its name from the layers created on Mother Nature’s giant sheet pan.
If you are like me, you have a fascination with streams and creeks.
This fascination may be due to my childhood. There was a stream near our house where kids from the neighborhood spent many summer days playing.
I often get questions from hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts about improving whitetail deer habitat on their property. In many instances, these conversations are immediately directed toward the planting of food plots. Landowners want to know the best food source they can plant to attract deer and other wildlife.
Conservation districts are where the why and how of conservation come together. The mission of the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources.
Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering their no-till drills for only $8 per acre to plant cover crops.
It’s no secret that every tax funded agency has been under scrutiny the past several years to justify its existence, and soil and water conservation districts are no different. While the value of conservation to society is long-established, putting an actual dollar value on clean water, clean air, open spaces and productive soils is elusive. […]
Over the next few months, soil and water conservation districts will be having their annual meetings and open houses. These events will showcase all the conservation activities within the district for the past year.
This is the time of year when harvest begins, and farmers become aware of where erosion and gullying is under way in their fields and needs to be addressed. The remedy is often installing grassed waterways — those green stripes located in the middle of certain fields. Grassed waterways are like a natural Band-Aid, healing […]