Sunday, February 25, 2018
The Dirt on Conservation

The Dirt on Conservation

Riparian areas act as a buffer zone between water and the land use, provide terrestrial habitat, enhance aquatic habitat and reduce soil erosion of banks.

The main culprit for the streambank erosion is that the property owner has mowed the grass up to the streambank.

The unusual wet season has prompted many field visits for drainage problems. Learn more about Ohio Drainage Laws you may face in the future.

Each year, Living Lands and Waters, with countless conservation districts, watershed groups and local organizations, offers river and stream cleanups.

Eco-farming systems allow nature to do as it has done for centuries. They can build soil health and allow the soil to use its own slow release fertilizer.

Biodiversity could provide a framework for farm plans and agricultural conservation. The more diversity an ecosystem retains, the more adaptive it is.

Over the last 200 years, northern temperate forests in the U.S. have been invaded by numerous earthworm species native to Europe and Asia.
Ohio farm landscape/Farm and Dairy file photo

Conservation plans focus on the producer's or landowner's goals for the land and evaluate how to meet those goals and conserve soil and water resources.

Make sure summer learning experiences focus on subjects that are important to your family values — agriculture, the outdoors, and independence.
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Although planning cover crops can be put off, planning now can save you time, headaches, and maybe even some money this fall.
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