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Stream quality important to maintain

Thursday, October 27, 2011

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.

The Dirt on Conservation: Improve some whitetail deer habitat

Thursday, October 20, 2011

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 district offers resources to help with the whys and hows

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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.

The Dirt on Conservation: Cover crops importance being touted

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering their no-till drills for only $8 per acre to plant cover crops.

Calculating the value of conservation

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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. […]

The Dirt on Conservation: Time to award those who have conserved natural resources

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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.

Grassed waterways: A reminder from nature that management still needed

Thursday, September 15, 2011

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 […]

The Dirt On Conservation: A bicentennial tribute to agriculture

Thursday, September 8, 2011

This summer, the Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with the Pomerene Center for the Arts and the farming community for a special project this summer. This project was done in honor of Coshocton’s bicentennial and agriculture’s prominent and enduring place in our county history.

Older mines leave environmental problems behind, but hope is renewed

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Everyone likes a success story, and when Maggie Corder from Jefferson SWCD wrote a couple of weeks ago about the things that were done in her county to improve the quality of water in Yellow Creek, she inspired me to write about the work that’s just beginning here in Noble County. Mining This story began […]

Why are there spiderwebs in my tree?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It’s that time of year! Late summer is when we typically begin to see the beautiful large, light gray webs enclosing branch tips of a variety of trees. As a child, I remember how much fun it was to take sticks and beat down the webs. The worms would come falling out, extremely agitated, I […]

Do you know what’s in your water?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

t’s hard to beat a cold glass of clear refreshing water to quench your thirst. I’ve been drinking a lot of water to beat the heat and I imagine you have too.

The formation of a watershed group helped save eastern Ohio resources

Thursday, August 4, 2011

With its natural beauty and high water quality, Yellow Creek watershed is one of eastern Ohio’s best kept secrets. Encompassing 234 square miles, it flows through Jefferson, Carroll, and Columbiana counties, and a small portion of Harrison County before entering the Ohio River near Hammondsville. Yellow Creek lies east of the Flushing Escarpment, the drainage […]

Landowners, prepare for storms, because you know they’re coming

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What is with this rain? I have never seen this kind of rain before. We are getting 100-year rain events every year — how can this be? Feeling “flooded” with these thoughts and problems and wondering why? It might help to explain rainfall and what these storm events mean. Statistical probability Storm events are classified […]

If you care about the environment, then you take care of it in the future

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summertime is here, and with it comes a tradition — the Conservation Camp! Many of Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts sponsor these camps each year, helping to reach local youngsters in a way that is both fun and educational. Understanding It is a well known fact that people need to care about something […]

Farmers, don’t be caught off guard

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Attention, all livestock producers: Ohio is changing. The days of “don’t worry about it until someone complains” is not such a good idea anymore. It’s not easy farming today. Aside from the weather and commodity markets, now you need to worry even more about water quality, soil erosion and your neighbors. Complaints A vast majority […]

The Dirt on Conservation: Don’t let the mosquitoes bite

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Water management is essential for mosquito control. Eggs do not hatch unless they are in water. Any standing water that becomes stagnant is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Honey bees need your protection

Thursday, June 23, 2011

If you still remember a painful encounter with the “business end” of an ill-tempered honey bee, you are likely to have limited appreciation for the value of these unique insects. But, appreciation is indeed deserved. The honey bee’s well-known contribution of honey is far out-shadowed by its value as a pollinator of food, fiber and […]

Working together to protect soil and water resources in all of Ohio

Thursday, June 9, 2011

We get to meet a lot of interesting and dedicated people at the local soil and water office. I answered the telephone recently and was asked, “My neighbor said some government program would pay me to build fence to keep cattle out of the creek. Do you know anything about that?” Choosing programs I explained […]

The Dirt on Conservation: A big message from a small voice

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Most aquatic insects live in the bottom of our streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands. They are good indicators of a water’s health because they live in the water for all or most of their lives, differ in their tolerance to amount and types of pollution and stay in areas suitable for their survival.

Wet weather brings small treasures: vernal pools

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Like most people, radio stations, diner conversations and forecasters, the talk of late has been about the dreaded wet weather we have been experiencing. Even when the sun does come out, we have a long ways to go before the fields dry up. Although it may feel good to vent, complaining doesn’t change the situation. […]

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