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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. […]

Envirothons challenge students to think about environment in new ways

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Many soil and water conservation offices have been busy working with high school students who compete in the area Envirothons. For those unfamiliar with the Envirothon, it is an environmental education competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of soil, forestry, aquatic ecology, wildlife and current environmental issues. Envirothon. In Ohio, the Envirothon is sponsored […]

Soil and Water Conservation Districts help land users make smart choices

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I love those moments when I am talking with someone about a natural resources issue and I actually see the light bulb turn on. I had one of those moments several summers ago on a camping trip with one of my close friends, and recollect it proudly on rainy days like these. We were about […]

The Dirt On Conservation | Conserve soil: the other black gold

Thursday, May 5, 2011

This year, we have seen a tremendous amount of water due to snow melt and several 2- to 4-inch rainfall events.

Soil erosion more noticeable this spring

Thursday, April 28, 2011

As I write this, it’s raining. Again. And the weather forecast shows little clouds with raindrops and lightning bolts almost every day this week. But you don’t need me to remind you that we had some wet and wild weather this past winter and spring. And a drive through the countryside shows the toll it’s […]

The Dirt on Conservation: Event offers education for graziers

Thursday, April 21, 2011

If you have a serious case of cabin fever, like I do, you will be glad to read that the Eastern Ohio Grazing Council is kicking off the pasture walk series at the end of the month. This is the second year for this group to have these educational meetings in the field. During the […]

You can practice natural resources conservation just about anywhere

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Conservation is everyone’s responsibility.

There’s no better way to learn about agriculture than visiting a farm

Thursday, April 7, 2011

We are a rural area, but by now many of these students are at least two generations removed from any family member involved in agriculture. They may live near a farm, or pass farms on the way to school every day, but what they know about farming or the environment is very limited.

Keep horses in the barn little longer to give pastures a fighting chance

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oh the joys of spring, birds migrating back, grasses starting to green up, blowing winds, extreme weather changes, and yes, mud! Very few of us can escape the wrath of soil mixed with excessive amounts of water, otherwise know as mud. For livestock owners, this is a critical time of year when we must manage […]

Planning saves soil during timbering

Thursday, March 24, 2011

If you sold timber and the company’s poor management practices led to soil erosion and stream sedimentation, you’d probably have some choice words for the person responsible. However, you’d be talking to yourself. When woodland owners sell timber, their legal responsibility for preventing water pollution doesn’t automatically pass to the logger harvesting the trees. Under […]

We take our well water for granted

Thursday, March 17, 2011

When drilling a water well, no one can guarantee you that you will have water or how much water you will have. When you hire a well driller to drill you a well, you are paying for a developed hole in the ground — nothing more.

SWCD educates adults and children

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) can offer more than just technical assistance to the public. Many of Ohio’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts employ education specialists as part of the staff. These folks are specialists in the field of natural resource education. On behalf of the districts, they go out into the community and […]

Benefits of tile drainage are inarguable

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hooray for tile! Now that’s something you don’t hear too often from people these days. Seems over the last decade or so in certain quarters that tile drainage is viewed as some sort of menace to society in our politically correct world. In fact, you might wonder, has it become a four letter word ? […]

Vernal pools: Perfect home for some

Thursday, February 17, 2011

They are out there. Inconspicuous and undetected, many buried underneath a hardened blanket of snow and ice, they are scattered throughout our Ohio woodlands. And they are waiting. Though winter has declared her reign, it will be only a few more weeks until these silent, dormant spaces tucked away on the forest floor will awaken […]

Are you responsible for a dam?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Stark Soil and Water Conservation District was recently asked to help the ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources host several dam safety workshops. While researching information related to Ohio’s dams, I came across some eye-opening information Catastrophe Did you know that the IVEX Dam (Chagrin River, northeastern Ohio) failed catastrophically on Aug. 13, […]

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