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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  






 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! 



2019 Paulding SWCD Annual Meeting & Golf Scramble


For being 70 years old, Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District sure is looking good! In the areas of technical assistance, conservation education, manure management, and ditch maintenance, things could not be better for conservation in Paulding County!


This year, the board and staff decided to take on a unique approach to celebrating 70 years of conservation in Paulding County with a Golf Scramble and Annual Meeting on Friday, September 6th!  Don't golf? Don't worry! We will still have our awards banquet and meal starting at 5:30pm at the Auglaize Golf Club.















Golf Scramble 

New this year, the Paulding SWCD will be holding a golf scramble with a tee time of 12pm at the Auglaize Golf Club located on State Route 111 in Rural Defiance. You may register as an individual for $10 or as a team of 4 for $40. Please use the form listed below for registration and return payment to the Paulding SWCD Office.


 2019 Golf Scramble Team Registration Form 


Annual Meeting 

Don't golf? That is quite alright! Join us for Dinner and Awards at 5:30pm in the clubhouse of the Auglaize Golf Club as we celebrate 70 years of conservation in Paulding County! See our award winners of our Educator of the Year, Poster Contest, Photo Contest, and much more! New this year, you may register either by calling the office at 419-399-4771 or using the online registration form at the link below.


Annual Meeting Online Registration






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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