It’s been a busy winter and spring at the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD), highlighted by a grant offering and the launch of a new podcast.
Grant-wise, in an effort to promote conservation practices by landowners, Richland SWCD is providing cost-share grants to offset some of the cost of installing a rain garden, purchasing a rain barrel, or having soil tested. These practices help protect the health of soil and water resources and conserve water. The funds supporting this grant program came from generous donations made during the Richland Gives event in November 2021.
The application period is open until June 1. For further details and an application, please visit https://forms.gle/XBS1LQ3rc9RZ5p1QA, call 419-747-8685 or email [email protected]
Richland SWCD has also launched the new “Our Rich Land” podcast in conjunction with Kingwood Center Gardens. The podcast is aimed at telling the stories and sharing the missions of north central Ohio conservationists. It emphasizes the abundant natural resources of Richland County, and the many people nad organizations that take part in its conservation.
Josh Steffen, Director of Kingwood Center Gardens, joins in the conversation for each podcast and also serves as one of the show’s technicians.
There have been two episodes to date; the main website is here, with additional access via major podcast engines (Podbean, Spotify, etc.). The most recent is themed “Pass the Maple Syrup, Please,” and welcomes Kathy Smith, Forestry Program Director for The Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. It can be listened to below.