More than 95 percent of Ohio’s dams are owned by local landowners or other entities other than the state of Ohio. And, if you are the owner of a dam, the responsibility for maintaining a safe dam rests with you.
When I was a kid, my father’s crop rotation was corn, oats, wheat and hay. The wheat was planted in the fall after the oats stubble was plowed and, in order to have a crop of hay in the year following the wheat, grass seed had to be sown either with the wheat, or the […]
To get in shape, or “buff” as the slang term implies is to have good muscle tone, be physically fit, and trim. Well, I’m not talking about you and your body, what I’m talking about is your land and property. Whether you own a half acre, five acres or hundreds of acres, your land is […]
Phase I If you live in Carroll or Jefferson counties, the frenzy of the leasing process is beginning to slow up somewhat, and drill sites are popping up all over the horizon. Ahhh, finally, we can let out a slow sigh of relief and wait to see what unfolds. Unfortunately, just when you thought it […]
The OASWCDE is the Ohio Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Employees. The organization is open to employees of all 88 districts as official members. District board members and partners from other agencies are welcome to join as associate members. Purposes The OASWCDE has three main purposes: To promote the professional development of district […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.