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If you want to see more ruffed grouse, we need the right kind of habitat

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ohio’s once grouse-friendly habitat is changing.

The secret life of a drainage ditch

Thursday, May 31, 2012

You’ve heard the saying that the value of land is based mainly on location, location, location. But after working for many years in a conservation district, I have come to believe that the value of land is also greatly affected by drainage, drainage, drainage. Many of the drainage systems landowners rely on have deteriorated over […]

Improve your pasture for happier cows

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sunnybow Farm has been in my family for the past 50 years. There have always been cattle grazing these pastures whether dairy or beef. Three years ago my husband, Zac and I took over the family farm. Ownership wasn’t the only change that was going to take place on this 65-acre farm. We had, and […]

Conservation efforts are working

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I’m not much of a “joiner,” but I do belong to a couple conservation-minded organizations. It has become obvious to me that one of these organizations recently sold my contact information to every other conservation organization in the United States, and possibly the world. I have been invited to save the rainforest, the whales, tigers, […]

It’s official: Medina County is the ‘Pond Capital of Ohio’

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

We have always known we have had lots of ponds in Medina County. You see them everywhere. People who fly over the county have told us that they seem to see more here than anywhere else in Ohio. So, are we the pond capital of Ohio? Yes, we are! It’s official! The Medina SWCD Board […]

Soil and Water Stewardship Week: A time to stop and think

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Each day of your life, you pick up a fork or spoon and eat. Most all of us eat at least three times a day, but do you ever think about where all of your food — and the food everybody else eats — comes from? For some, the answer may be from my freezer […]

Conservation starts in your backyard

Thursday, April 12, 2012

COSHOCTON, Ohio — Do you ever remember mowing your lawn in March? Due to the warm weather this year many of us did just that. I don’t remember starting this early and I have spent many hours of my life on a lawnmower. Before moving to Coshocton, I mowed several acres of yard that took […]

The ins and outs of Ohio dam safety

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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.

Anyone remember cyclone seeders? The early years of drills and related planting equipment

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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 […]

Get your land ‘buff’ and in shape

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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 […]

Oil and gas pipeline easements — the next phase of the leasing process

Thursday, March 15, 2012

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 […]

OASWCDE — What the heck is it?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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 […]

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.

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