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Keeping soil healthy and productive

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Have you ever heard the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same?” From my research, Alphonse Karr is credited for this statement but how many times have each of us repeated this? It doesn’t seem to matter what industry you are a part of; someone is always coming up with a […]

Blue green algae: You don’t need to fix the problem if it doesn’t happen in the first place

Thursday, March 14, 2013

If you raise crops, and fertilizer is your biggest expense, then it only makes sense to use it wisely, and following the 4Rs can increase productivity and minimize the environmental impact of continuous cropping.

Could we handle another big flood?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

As I sit here writing this article, the weather has been less than pleasant. I watch it transition from rain to snow, to sleet, and back to rain. Being the conservation minded person I am, I can’t help but observe streams and ditches as I drive back and forth to work. The movement of water […]

Don’t give bats a bad rap —they just need help and understanding

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recently, a friend told me about a bat flying in their barn. It was late December and right before a cold spell. It landed and was hanging on a board in the rafters, and they wanted to know what to do about it. Well, she wanted to “help” it, and her husband wanted to kill, […]

That old, abandoned road on your property may not be abandoned

Thursday, February 14, 2013

To prevent headaches or disputes, if you’ve got an abandoned road on your property, find out if the road was ever vacated and is no longer an official road.

Bees? It’s a valuable, and fun, hobby

Thursday, February 7, 2013

In 2009 I started something that I never thought I would do — beekeeping! (If someone had told me a few years ago that I would become a beekeeper, I would have told them they were crazy.)Oh, I’d been around bees because my grandfather and grandmother always kept bees and at one time my grandfather […]

Focusing in on conservation

Thursday, January 31, 2013

So much of life depends upon your point of view. Everyone has different experiences and learns from a unique perspective. My grade school consisted of two classes per grade level and each had a different teacher. I discovered early on that, although I was in the same grade at the same school as my first […]

A tried-and-true solution to nutrient pollution, then and now

Thursday, January 24, 2013

From cattle to commerce, mills to malls, and farmlands to frack pads, every watershed has historically supported a large variety of ever-changing land uses, determined by the availability and management of nearby natural resources. Since their formation by the Ohio General Assembly in 1941, Ohio’s 88 Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been at the […]

The pros and cons of owning a pond

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Private ponds can be a great way to add function, as well as scenic beauty, to your property. A properly constructed pond can provide a landowner with their own personal fishing hole, swimming destination or place to view wildlife. The possibility of these positive aspects tends to consume the landowners thought process when deciding to […]

Winter time means it is a good time to control invasive species in the woods

Thursday, January 10, 2013

It’s January and it’s cold — not surprising for our area. However, as you look out the window praying for that so-called “global warming” to kick in, you think, “This is a great time to take control of those invasive species in my woods.” OK, so that may not be exactly what you were thinking, […]

The dirt on conservation

Thursday, January 3, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Recently, the Guernsey Soil & Water Conservation District hosted a local Meadowbrook HS student in its volunteer training program. Erica Showalter, daughter of Robert Showalter and Rachel Reid, of Pleasant City, contacted our office to ask if she could volunteer in order to learn more about the district and what working in […]

Foresters can offer sound advice on timber sales

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

An explanation of the different types of foresters available.

Carroll County producers to receive cost share for installing cover crops

Thursday, December 27, 2012

(This article was co-written by Ray Rummell and Linda Yeager, both from the Carroll SWCD.) The Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District established a cover crop program to assist landowners/ users to reduce soil erosion being created by the increase in soybeans and corn production on marginal land. Carroll SWCD partnered with Muskingum Conservancy District […]

Digging to find real secrets of soil

Friday, December 21, 2012

I recently went to watch one of my best friends perform in the play The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever at the Little Theater in Tuscarawas County. I remembered one of my grade school teachers reading that story to our class years ago and knew that I had really liked it, but hadn’t seen the […]

The 4R Tomorrow Program may mean a better tomorrow for everyone

Thursday, December 6, 2012

What does 4 R stand for? No, it’s not for readin’, ‘rightin’, ‘rithmatic and recess. But it is for using the right nutrient, at the right time, in the right amount, in the right location and more. So what ! Who cares ? Who dreamed up this one? Does it matter? The answer is, yes. […]

Keeping a thankful attitude is needed when dealing with challenged times

Friday, November 30, 2012

“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” These words by Charles Swindoll are a good reminder during this busy holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This growing season has been a challenge for the agricultural community, but farmers’ thankfulness for what they did produce […]

It’s important to know — and care — where your food comes from

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Writing an article about conservation is normally not very hard for most folks that work for a Soil & Water Conservation District. If you’re employed at a place that promotes an ideology that you embrace, then the passion is always present, and writing things about what you do is relatively easy. Lesson If you fail […]

Floodplain management: Yes, it is important for everyone in Ohio

Thursday, November 15, 2012

As I drive by our streams, which are at higher water levels due to the rains from Hurricane Sandy, I can’t help but see how much flood damage could be avoided. Floods are a natural and unavoidable fact of life along streams and rivers. Loss of life and property damage can result when people choose […]

Beyond county lines: Taking a watershed approach to conservation

Thursday, November 8, 2012

By KIMBERLY BREWSTER The term “watershed” has been a buzzword in recent years, popping up in discussions about conservation, water quality, and land management. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a watershed is “the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean.” Water […]

Beyond county lines: Taking a watershed approach to conservation

Thursday, November 1, 2012

By KIMBERLY BREWSTER The term “watershed” has been a buzzword in recent years, popping up in discussions about conservation, water quality, and land management. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a watershed is “the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean.” Water […]

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