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Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District 

Celebrating 70 Years of Conservation in Paulding County!



Every County in Ohio has a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), which is a political subdivision of the State.  In response to conservation concerns raised as a result of the 1930's dustbowl, SWCD's were formed in the late 1940's to complement a federal government agency (now titled the Natural Resources Conservation Service).  Both local and federal agencies worked together to encourage farmers and landowners to employ practices on the land for the conservation of soil and water resources.  Today, SWCDs share the common goal of conservation of natural resources on urban and rural lands.


Soil & Water Conservation Districts provide the following services:

Technical assistance (design, promote, facilitate)

Equipment Rental

Education (all ages and occupations)

Local eyes and ears and “boots on the ground”

Nutrient Management

Ditch Maintenance  




Job Opportunity


Paulding SWCD & Ditch Maintenance are in search of a motivated individual for an Administrative Assistant/Education Specialist.


Pay Range: Commensurate with experience


Hours: 32-40 hours per week


A background check and drug screening will be required prior to employment. Application materials may be obtained online at our website and sent to Paulding SWCD 900 Fairground Drive Suite B Paulding, OH 45879 or by email


Deadline to Apply: November 19th at 4pm


Complete Job Description


Application for Employment




Nutrient Application Rules Update Lunch & Learn


Are you unsure of the rules and regulations regarding nutrient application in Ohio? Do you want to know what cost share programs and resources are available to assist you? Join us at the Black Swamp Nature Center on November 19th for our next Lunch & Learn! Oh did we mention there is a FREE LUNCH?



Here is an agenda for the day:


Jason Tyrell, ODA APAP Manager “Nutrient Application Regulation Updates”



Additional Topics:
Nutrient Application Q & A
SWCD Cost Share Program Updates
Application on cover crops
Flatrock Creek Watershed Landowner Meeting to follow at 1:30p



Registration Online by Clicking Here or call 419-399-4771 








Watershed Planning Survey



Paulding SWCD has received funding for conservation projects in the Flat Rock Creek watershed. To aid in this effort, we are interested in your feedback on best management practices such as: blind inlets, cover crops, drainage water management structures, filter buffers, filter strips, grassed waterways, manure storage structures, soil testing, subsurface fertilizer application, variable rate application, and wetland restoration. 


Please take a moment to complete a brief survey so that we  can compile a list of desired projects. Use the map at the right to see if you live in the targeted watersheds. You can access the survey here








Milkweed Seed Pod Collection 

Milkweed seed pods are being collected with hopes in provide more milkweed plants for the monarch to utilize for its habitat. This collection will run from September 1st until October 30th and everyone is highly encouraged to collect pods from mature plants and bring them to the collection point for Paulding County. The collection point for Paulding County will be the Black Swamp Nature Center located at 753 Fairground Drive Suite B, Paulding. Look for the green container on the front porch. 

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative reminds us of several things to keep in mind when collecting seed pods:
1. It is best to pick the pods when the seeds contained within them are brown. Do not collect them when they are white or cream colored as they are not matured. The pod is ready to be picked when the seam of the pod opens with gentle pressure.
2. As pods are collected be sure to wear appropriate clothing as well as disposable gloves.
3. Place collected pods in paper bags or grocery sacks. Do not use plastic bags as they attract moisture.
4. Keep seeds in a dry, cool area until you can bring them to the Black Swamp Nature Center porch bin.
5. Collecting pods will not affect milkweed populations in areas where they are already established.



The Paulding SWCD Office is only a collection point and any pods collected will then be passed along to the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page “Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District” for updates on this program as well as pictures of how to collect pods and spotting the milkweed plant. Feel free to call the Paulding SWCD at 419-399-4771 should you have any questions.



2020 Water Quality Workshop

The Black Swamp Education Group of Ottawa, Paulding, Defiance, Putnam, Wood, Lucas, Fulton and Williams SWCD are pleased to offer workshops to area educators on a variety of topics. Traditionally held as a three day summer conference, the committee has moved to two-single day formats with one day focused on soils education and another day focused on water quality education.


Registration Form 





Nutrient Application Program Available at Paulding SWCD





Cost Share Funding Available at Paulding SWCD


Working Lands Buffer Program 

The Ohio Working Lands program will encourage producers to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible crop land. The program will promote conversion, establishment and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres. 

Program enrollment officially kicks off for Ohio farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin on June 15th. Farmers will be able to sign up for the program at the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District. 








Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program

The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program is a voluntary program that will encourage producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to plant small grains such as wheat, barley, oats, or cereal rye on eligible cropland. As the “working lands” name implies, participants must plant and harvest small grains, land apply manure, and plant a cover crop to receive a cost-share payment to help offset operating costs. The program benefits the planting of small grains not only for the conservation benefits, but to provide livestock producers with a longer application window to land apply manure and nutrients. 


Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Do you have a ditch or stream running through your farm that needs a filter strip? How about that one area that’s hard to farm because it’s always wet?  The Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District is ready to help you evaluate how your bottom line and Lake Erie’s water quality can benefit by signing up for this program.


Click Here for program information! 







The Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with the Paulding County Area Foundation to create the Friends of the Black Swamp Nature Center Fund! The purpose of this fund will be to provide for projects at the Nature Center that help to maintain and enhance the beauty of the park.

Some projects include:

Native Pollinator Garden
Stone for trails
Mulch for landscaping
An identification sign on the BSNC building


Benches for trails
Increased number of trail cameras for security

Recreational Games

Trash/Recycling Bins
And many more!

Donations are tax deductible and may be sent to:


Paulding County Area Foundation

Attn: Friends of the Black Swamp Nature Center

101 E. Perry St.

Paulding, OH 45879 




 In Cooperation with the Paulding County Commissioners:

Roy Klopfenstein
Mark Holtsberry
Tony Zartman



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