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Go Native With Plants

19 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff, Richland SWCD

As we shared back at the beginning of April, that month was a celebration of Ohio’s native plants.

Although many activities and events planned for Ohio’s first Native Plants Month were postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 public health situation, the Ohio Department of National Resources still highlighted the importance of native plants and their variety throughout the month on the agency website and social media channels.

And, of course, many Ohioans still enjoyed these plants first-hand by going outdoors and experiencing them in their natural settings.

Now, as gardening season gets underway, Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) encourages you to “go native” when planning your garden or landscape. More…

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FFA Tree Seedling Sale Taking Place In April

7 Mar , 2020  

The Clear Fork FFA Alumni, in partnership with the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD), have announced that the 2020 tree seedling sale will take place in early April.

Species that will be available are from the following groups: evergreens, large trees, broadleaf shrubs, nut trees, and flowering trees. Arborvitae are not available this year due to a supply shortage. For full details on the specific trees, visit this page. More…

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Profit From Your Pasture

26 Feb , 2020  

Owning land can lead to profit, but having guidance from those who are in the know can make sure you are on the best path. The Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District (RCSWD) will hold a 3-day how-to workshop for those who would like to turn their pasture land into earnings.

The two evening classes will be held on Wednesday April 1 and Thursday April 2, from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM at the Longview Center (1495 W Longview Avenue, Mansfield). The final class will be on Saturday April 4, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon at a Richland County Beef Cow-Calf and Goat Operation. More…

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Camp Canopy Scholarships Available

31 Jan , 2020  

Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is sponsoring two scholarships to this summer’s Camp Canopy, taking place from June 7 to 12, at the FFA Camp Muskingum at Leesville Lake in Carroll County. The one-week residential camp gives high school students a chance to explore forestry and wildlife education in addition to traditional camp activities—campfires, watersports, ropes courses and more.

Scholarship applicants must be a Richland County, Ohio resident, a high school student and at least 15 years old at the time of camp. The value of each scholarship is $375.00. More…

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An Opportunity To Do Citizen Science

24 Jan , 2020  

If volunteer work was on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, or even if it wasn’t, consider helping the Richland Soil and Water Conservation Districts (Richland SWCD) by joining the Precipitation Monitor Team!

The next training and orientation session for Richland SWCD Volunteer Precipitation Monitors will be held on Tuesday, February 4 at 2:00 PM at the Richland SWCD office (1495 W. Longview Avenue, Suite 205B, Mansfield). More…

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Extreme Weather Calls For Extreme Farming

3 Dec , 2019  

Recent extreme weather events have created difficulties for many Ohio farmers. Many fields were left unplanted, and many of the fields that were planted suffered drown outs, yield losses and delayed harvests as farmers waited for crops to reach maturity. That is why the Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), along with the SWCDs of Ashland, Holmes, and Wayne counties and the associated county Farm Bureaus, are working together to help farmers create a plan for these extreme weather events. More…

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Local Agency Recognizes ‘Volunteer of the Year’ In A Unique Way

22 Nov , 2019  

A volunteer being recognized for their service may expect to receive a certificate or a plaque, but the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) opted to do something a bit different. With assistance from Gorman Nature Center and the Village of Lexington, a Redbud tree was planted on Friday, November 15 at Gorman Nature Center in honor of Mark Meinzer, the Richland SWCD’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year. More…

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Soil And Water Conservation District Celebrates

10 Nov , 2019  

Conservation was celebrated in Richland County at the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) Annual Celebration held on Thursday, November 7. The evening included a buffet dinner catered by The Vault and the public election to elect one board supervisor. Fred Cooke was re-elected to a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020, and will join other current Board Supervisors Brian Alt, Aaron Dearth, Lanny Hopkins and David Krichbaum. More…

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Soil and Water Student Internship Positions Available

9 Oct , 2019  

Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications from current college students for two (2) paid internship positions. Both internships begin January 2020, and the application deadline is November 1.

One position will assist with the Clean Water Act’s Municipal Stormwater MS4 program and the second will assist with the 9-Element Plan program. Details and how to apply for each position may be found on the Richland SWCD website or by calling 419.747.8686. More…

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Get Your Fall Pond Fish Right Here

19 Aug , 2019  

Fall is right on the doorstep, and the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is taking the occasion to offer fish for sale during its 2019 Fall Fish Sale.

The fish offered in this sale adapt very well in private ponds and lakes throughout the county. More…

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Manure And You

18 Jul , 2019  

Bet you haven’t seen that headline on a news story before, have you?

Actually, it’s the name of a workshop hosted on Tuesday, August 20 by the Richland Soil & Water Conservation District and others. It promises to be a complete look at all aspects of manure and fertilizer, from testing to its application in a variety of agricultural uses. More…

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Become A Lake Monitor

14 Apr , 2019  

Are you a local outdoors enthusiast and a frequent visitor to area lakes? If so, there is a volunteer opportunity which might be just up your alley.

The Richland Soil & Water Conservation District is holding a Lake Monitor Volunteer Training on Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 AM at Charles Mill Lake. More…

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RSWCD Looking For Precipitation Monitoring Volunteers

18 Jan , 2019  

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for individuals to participate in Precipitation Monitor Volunteer Training.

Volunteers record rainfall and snowfall from work or home. More…

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Spring Pond Fish Sale Underway

18 Apr , 2017  

Just as spring is peeking around the corner, local institutions are ramping up seasonal offerings.

That includes the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District, which has announced that its Spring Pond Fish Sale has begun. More…

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