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Landowners have responsibilities, too, when it comes to oil and gas leases

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Could you use some extra money? There are few of us that can say no to that question. Landowners often consider selling minerals, timber, coal, oil, gas, topsoil, development rights, carbon, or wind — but what are the ramifications of these agreements? How and for how long will they affect you and your heirs? Before […]

Considering timber harvest? Do your homework

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Each weekday morning, I travel the 18 miles to my office at the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Most often, I use this quiet time to focus on the day’s agenda or plot my strategies for long-term projects and programs. However, efforts to plan my day have been interrupted over recent months by observations […]

Keys to protecting groundwater

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Water has been endlessly circulating since the earth was formed. Groundwater is a key part of this continuous cycle as water evaporates, forms clouds and returns to the earth as precipitation. Precipitation that soaks into the ground and is stored in underground geological water systems called aquifers is known as groundwater. Springs, lakes, and other […]

Everyone is responsible for land use

Thursday, June 3, 2010

“Who’s responsible?” This is the question many landowners will ask us at some point during their property ownership years. Who allowed this to happen? Why didn’t or doesn’t somebody do something about it? Whether the problem occurs on their property or to an adjacent neighbor’s property, the old axiom screams out, who’s responsible? At our […]

Seven steps to green yards, gardens

Thursday, May 27, 2010

This year, before jumping back into your usual lawn and garden practices, the soil and water conservation districts of Ohio urge you to do something different: Before reaching for that spade or sprayer, dare to try on something green.

Erosion, sediment control regulations impact more of life than you think

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I have a bad habit of assuming that everyone knows all there is to know about erosion/sediment control– that it fascinates and holds the attention of everyone. How could people not want to hear everything there is to know about stuff that is everywhere yet blends into the scenery so easily? I just happen to […]

Eastern Ohio Grazing Council aids farmers with grazing questions

Thursday, May 13, 2010

By PETE CONKLE It is with great pleasure that I get to introduce you to the Eastern Ohio Grazing Council. This group of local producers, assisted by the local Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the local Natural Resource Conservation Service offers assistance to landowners wanting to learn more about grazing and pastureland management. The […]

Some farm activities require a construction storm water permit

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Agricultural and silvicultural activities, including, orchards, cultivated crops, pastures, range lands, and forested lands, are exempt from Storm Water Regulations. However, you are required to obtain a permit to build manure storage structures, erect/demolish buildings, or build ponds that are used for anything other than irrigation, and other related construction activities.

Construction storm water permit requirements for agricultural projects

Monday, May 3, 2010

What is a Construction Storm Water Permit? I know the answer to this one because for the last five years it has been one of my major responsibilities as an Urban Technician for the Stark Soil and Water Conservation District. A Construction Storm Water Permit is part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National […]

Why not plant a seed for the future?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to be working in our small woodland on an absolutely perfect spring day. If I would have sat still long enough, I’m convinced I could have watched the redbud at the edge of our yard flower. It had bare branches in the morning and by afternoon gorgeous purple blooms […]

Ahh … the sweet smell of spring

Thursday, April 15, 2010

At the Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District, we seem to be getting an increasing number of calls related to the smell and handling of manure. So, I thought it fitting to mention just how pollution complaints work, in regards to manure. Lucky for me, most of our complaints this year have been related to […]

SWCDs: It’s all about local priorities

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Probably one of the most insightful things I’ve ever heard is a quote by the French writer and philosopher Voltaire: “When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.” The quote seemed appropriate to mention since Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts receive funding through tax dollars. If you are […]

So what is a conservation district, and what can it do for me?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What is a soil and water conservation district? For the life of me, I can’t come up with a simple answer.

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