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Join Richland Soil and Water Conservation District at the Fair

28 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

While at the upcoming Richland County Fair, visit with Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) at the Nature Park, Monday through Friday, August 9 to 13 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

There are many activities planned. Enter the Only Rain Down the Drain contest sponsored by Meijer. The first-place prize is a Coleman cooler and two hydro cups. The second-place prize is a bird feeder and bird food. The third-place prize is a tree sling. Contest rules will be posted at the Nature Park.

What happens to litter and chemicals when they go down a storm drain?  They ultimately end up in lakes, streams and rivers.  Find out how to help keep storm drains clean at the Only Rain Down the Drain exhibit.

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Food Is Focus Of Family Fun On The Farm Festival

14 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

There is nothing like fresh fruit and vegetables and right now we are enjoying lettuce, asparagus and peas. As the growing season progresses, there will be many more fresh food choices like corn, watermelon, tomatoes, and apples. We are fortunate to have a wide range of other fresh food available throughout the year in Richland County like eggs, meat and honey.

The pandemic brought attention and awareness of where food comes from, and an emphasis on locally produced food. To continue to raise awareness on where food comes from, Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is partnering with Richland County farm jewel, Malabar Farm State Park, for Family Fun on the Farm Festival on Saturday, July 3 at Malabar Farm from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. A barn dance will follow at 7:00 PM. There are many fun activities planned for all ages, especially children. The festival is open to anyone and admission is free. More…

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Richland, Morrow SWCDs Co-Hosting Pond Clinic

24 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Morrow & Richland Soil and Water Conservation Districts will be co-hosting a Pond Clinic next month for new and established pond owners.

The evening speaker will be Steve Fender, of Fenders Fish Hatchery in Baltic, Ohio. The topics covered will include, pond management, aquatic vegetation control, fish stocking, fish management, aeration systems and much more.

The event will take place June 10 at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be provided and there will also be activities for kids. This event is open to the public. More…

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Native Plant Sale Coming: Video

12 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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

Going native means utilizing native plants because of their many benefits. Native plants are more suited to our climate and soil and typically do better in our gardens than non-native species. They also provide excellent habitats and food for insects, pollinators, and wildlife.

Also, because they have a strong root system, more soil is held in place which slows stormwater runoff and filters pollutants before they enter rivers, lakes, and streams. More…

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Virtual Grazing School Webinars To Be Re-Shown

14 Mar , 2021  

Richland Soil and Water Conservation District’s Virtual Grazing School will be held Wednesdays, April 14, April 21 and April 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon at The Longview Center, 1495 W. Longview Avenue in Mansfield.

Because of COVID-19, this series was held virtually January through the beginning of March. If you missed it, you want a refresher or you don’t have access to internet, this allows you an opportunity to watch.

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Tree Seedling Sale Coming In April

2 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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. For full details on the specific trees, visit this page.

The cost is $10 per bundle of 8. Only cash and checks are accepted. Anyone wishing to buy more than 30 bundles should call 419-886-2601 (Clear Fork High School) or 419-564-3881 (Jim) to preorder. More…

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SWCD Board Supervisors Sworn In To New Positions

22 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Brian Alt and Robert (Rob) McConkie, Jr. were sworn into office as Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) Board Supervisors on January 19 by Richland County Commissioner Cliff Mears. Brian was re-elected to serve another three-year term. Rob is beginning his first three-year term. Rob and Brian join Fred Cooke, Lanny Hopkins and David Krichbaum as Board Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors elected Brian Alt as Chairman, Fred Cooke as Treasurer, Lanny Hopkins as Secretary, David Krichbaum as Vice Chairman and Rob McConkie, Jr. is At Large. More…

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Richland SWCD Celebrates Achievements; Elects New Board Supervisors

27 Nov , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Conservation was celebrated in Richland County at the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) Annual Celebration held earlier this month. The Celebration may be viewed on the Richland SWCD Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/richlandswcd.

The results from the Board Supervisor election were announced. Brian Alt was re-elected to a three-year term and Robert McConkie, Jr was elected to his first term. Both terms begin January 1, 2021 They will join other Board Supervisors Fred Cooke, Lanny Hopkins and David Krichbaum.

District Administrator, Erica Thomas, shared 2020 accomplishments and some plans for 2021: More…

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Tenison Named Richland SWCD Volunteer Of The Year

24 Nov , 2020  

At the recent Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) Annual Celebration, Denise Tenison was announced as the Richland SWCD 2020 Volunteer of the Year.

Denise is a long-time volunteer with Richland SWCD. She is a Precipitation, Lake and Stream Monitor Volunteer. Born in Mansfield, she and her husband of 34 years, Denny, live outside Lexington not far from Clear Fork Reservoir and have two adult children.

Prior to 1998, Denise conducted lake monitoring for the District while on Clear Fork Reservoir. She resumed volunteering again for the District in 2015. She has been joined by her husband, Denny, and her daughter Christina, on her volunteer activities; she and Denny now kayak out to two sites on the Clear Fork to collect data twice a month. More…

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Looking For Milkweed Pods

7 Oct , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is partnering  with the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) to collect common milkweed seed pods to help foster habitats for Monarch butterflies.

Milkweed seed pods are starting to mature to the point where they can be harvested. Start scouting fields and if pods appear slightly gray and are dried out they are ready to pick. Seeds inside should be brown before harvesting. Last year’s massive statewide seed collection effort was spearheaded by the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI), which is working to get the word out about why monarch butterflies are disappearing and help partners create monarch habitat. More…

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Stock Your Pond With Fish From Richland SWCD

27 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Thinking about stocking your pond with fish this fall?

You can now order pond fish from Richland Soil and Water Conservation District until October.

Buyers can choose from among a selection of Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Bluegill, Channel Catfish, White Amur and Fathead Minnows. Orders and payment are due by Friday, October 9 and pick-up is Friday, October 16 at 10:30 AM at the Richland County Fairgrounds. More…

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Nominations Sought For Richland SWCD Board

30 Jul , 2020  

The Richland Soil & Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) Board is seeking interested, conservation-minded, local leaders to promote conservation of the county’s natural resources through education, planning and technical assistance which are key to the success of the District.

Two Board Supervisors will be publicly elected by a special general election held during the District’s Annual Celebration on November 5 and begin their term in January 2021. Board Supervisors are elected to a three-year term as public officials. Supervisors advocate for the District, participate in monthly board meetings, assist with programs and services, and attend area and state meetings.

Anyone who is a resident of Richland County and at least 18 years old is eligible to run for Board Supervisor. Nominations of candidates for the Richland SWCD Board of Supervisors may be made two ways: More…

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Travel The St. Lawrence Divide

9 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

What is the St. Lawrence Divide, you ask?

It’s something that Richland County farmers, and those who interface with any of the county’s numerous waterways, know very well.

The St. Lawrence Divide impacts Richland County in two primary locations. One is largely in Sandusky Township just east of Crestline, and the other is a line across the northernmost reaches of the county. Both are a part of this geological feature, one of six continental divides in the country. More…

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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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