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Don’t develop nature deficit disorder

Thursday, July 5, 2012

It was way back in 1994 that I can account for an “aha!” moment that defined just how I would continue to plan the environmental education programs from that point on for the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Finding Researchers say that although it may not appear in the shape of a light bulb […]

Monroe SWCD and county commissioners form new partnership

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Soil and Water Districts across the state work with other organizations on a daily basis. Our partnerships are one of the most valuable aspects of our agencies. When the Monroe County auditor needed assistance with inspecting properties on the Current Agricultural Use Value program, a partnership was formed with the Soil and Water District. For […]

Square foot gardening can be fruitful

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A funny, but prompting, story. My parents only live two houses away from me and my Dad puts out the most beautiful vegetable garden every year. The garden is definitely his pride and joy. Well, I was sitting on my pool deck and happened to look over at Dad’s garden (which he just got fully […]

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?

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