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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, […]

Looking toward spring: Get youth outdoors with these seasonal activities

Thursday, February 3, 2011

In my last article – Kids Caring about Conservation — I eluded to the fact that a large percentage of today’s youth do not get a chance to experience the great outdoors. This lack of experience often leads to a complete disconnection with the wild world around them. As we encourage the conservation of our […]

Soil testing supplies useful information

Thursday, January 27, 2011

As I look out my window and see the snow covering the ground, it is hard to believe that spring is just 60 days away. Even with the snow on the ground, now is a perfect time to think about spring planning. Spring planning can include all sorts of projects and goals, such as planting […]

Remember: “bee” polite to pollinators

Thursday, January 20, 2011

With the threat of flurries and the temperature threatening to drop below freezing, you’re probably not thinking about bees. Most of us won’t waste a thought on them until that first buzzing bee insists we share our refreshing glass of sweet tea. But before you decide not to share and swat that pest with authority, […]

Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project proves successful

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project is successful The idea set forth to Holmes SWCD and others was relatively straightforward, yet innovative. The Alpine Cheese Company in Holmes County needed to expand its production to meet the market demands of Jarlsberg Cheese, of which they are the sole manufacturer in the U.S. In […]

Reflections on 2010, hopes for 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

As I sit here in front of my computer, my fingers hovering over the keys impatiently waiting for my brain to come up with a topic to write about, I started to reflect upon all that has happened in the past year. This year has been especially difficult for many of the soil and water […]

The New Deal was the real deal

Thursday, December 30, 2010

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” When Franklin D. Roosevelt used these words in the first hundred days of 1933, he was introducing the U.S. to a new way of thinking. In the previous few years, […]

Trying to build agriculture’s future in Carroll County

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Agriculture is the number one industry in Carroll County and Ohio — and Carroll County residents are working to ensure its future. But it takes collaboration and input from all.

We need to protect our streams

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I remember as a kid the best part of our family reunion was catching “crawdads” with my cousins in the creek. I didn’t know it at the time, but crayfish were an indicator of the quality of water in that small creek. I was more worried about whether I was going to get pinched or […]

Soil, what an amazing resource!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

OK I admit it … I love soil. I know that kind of makes me a freak (at least that what my wife tells me), but I’m not alone. If you talk with just about any Soil and Water employee or board member, you’ll find an infectious love of soil and a passion to conserve […]

Landowners: Ask before you build

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Landowners in Ohio are experiencing site development problems associated with building on mine land. These problems can lead to expensive repairs or demolition of the building due to total structural failure when settling occurs, landslides develop or mine gases are encountered. As rural areas are developed for residential and/or recreational purposes, abandoned mine land is […]

We’re from the government and we’re here to help you with regulations

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In these days of more regulations and unfunded mandates, communication and cooperation between landowners, developers and governmental agencies is more important than ever. Not only does this communication and cooperation take the guesswork out of what is required, but also it can build partnerships and good working relationships. Lots of steps For instance, in Jefferson […]

Fencing ideal for averting garden pests

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fences. They not only make good neighbors, but they also make excellent protectors for your garden or small crop that is less than one acre in size. They work to protect your crop from those pesky vermin like deer, rabbits, groundhogs, raccoons and even your neighbor’s goats. There are many types of fences to choose […]

Moving to the country takes foresight

Thursday, October 28, 2010

By Lee Carl Finley For many, moving to the country is the fulfillment of a life’s dream. Having worked for 30, 35 or 40 years in a factory or a corporate office, many see moving to the country as their reward for all their hard work. Others may see moving to the country as a […]

What’s the big deal about trees anyway?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This is my first contribution to Farm and Dairy on behalf of the Portage Soil and Water Conservation District. With less than a month in my new position as stormwater educator, it was difficult to come up with a substantive topic. Then, I started compiling a tree list for the 2011 spring tree sale, and […]

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