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Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District 

900 Fairground Drive Paulding, OH 45879

Phone: 419-399-4771  Email: paulding@pauldingswcd.org

 

Office Hours: 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday

Entrance is through the west (left) doors at the Parc Lane Center Building

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What does the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District do?

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.

All local government grants funds Natural Resource Conservation Service and are now under the Ohio Department of Agriculture-Division of Soil & Water Conservation. With these resources the SWCD is a vehicle for bringing local governments and residents together to address natural resource conservation challenges in urban and rural settings.

 

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 

 

 


 

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS AT PAULDING SWCD:

2018 Paulding SWCD Annual Banquet

 

Be sure to Save the Date for our 2018 Annual Banquet and Election on November 15th at the Extension Hall  on the Paulding County Fairgrounds. Entertainment for the evening will be "The Music Man" from Grover Hill! Dinner will be served by Black Angus Catering. Come see our accomplishments for 2018 and see our Educator of the Year be awarded for this year. There are plenty of great door prizes in store as well!!

 

Tickets may be purchased at the Paulding SWCD Office now through November 15th during regular business hours of 8am to 4:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 10 and under.  

 

 

 

 


 

2018 Conservation Poster Contest Winners!

 

 

The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased each year to sponsor a Conservation Poster Contest open to Paulding County students in Grades K-12 to see their perspective of natural resource concerns. The theme each year is determined by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the theme for 2018 was “Watersheds- Our Water, Our Home”. Students were asked to design a creative poster highlighting why it is important to conserve and protect our water resources.

From all the poster submissions, Paulding SWCD staff narrowed down a list of Top 10 contenders to be voted on at the 2018 Paulding County Fair. Posters were evaluated based on conservation message (use of the theme), visual appeal, originality, and universal appeal. Following a vote at the Paulding County Fair, our 1st and 2nd place winners were selected. The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District thanks all of our poster contest participants for their submissions and a job well done by all! The entries were top-notch!

 

Taking 1st place for 2018 was Caroline Rohrs (picture left) from Mrs. Linda Mabis’s class at Antwerp Elementary School. Caroline was presented a cash prize of $25, courtesy of the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District.

 

Taking 2nd place for 2018 was Carmen Reno (Picture Right) from Mrs. Jill Hatcher’s class at Paulding Middle School. Carmen was presented with a cash prize of $10, courtesy of the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District. 

 

Taking 1st place for 2018 was Caroline Rohrs from Mrs. Linda Mabis’s class at Antwerp Elementary School. Caroline was presented a cash prize of $25, courtesy of the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District. Taking 1st place for 2018 was Caroline Rohrs from Mrs. Linda Mabis’s class at Antwerp Elementary School. Caroline was presented a cash prize of $25, courtesy of the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District.

Taking 2nd place for 2018 was Carmen Reno from Mrs. Jill Hatcher’s class at Paulding Middle School. Carmen was presented with a cash prize of $10, courtesy of the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District. Taking 2nd place for 2018 was Carmen Reno from Mrs. Jill Hatcher’s class at Paulding Middle School. Carmen was presented with a cash prize of $10, courtesy of the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2018 Milkweed Seed Pod Collection

 

Paulding SWCD is supporting another Statewide Milkweed Pod Collection this year. The collection will take place from September 1st thru October 30th.

During September and October everyone is encouraged to collect dried (brown) milkweed pods from established plants and drop them off in the green container on the porch of the Black Swamp Nature Center located at 753 Fairground Drive in Paulding!

 

Please join us in our effort to replenish this important plant in Ohio by collecting milkweed pods in your area. Also, don’t forget to harvest seeds for yourself! See below for a visual representation of what mature seed pods look like! Place your pods in a brown paper bag when dropping them off!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FRIENDS OF THE BLACK SWAMP NATURE CENTER FUND

 

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 

 

 

 


 

Paulding SWCD Spotlight on Conservation Newsletter

Would you like to know the latest happenings at your Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District? Check out the latest issue of our newsletter "Spotlight on Conservation"! If you would like to be added to our email list, call the office at 419-399-4771 or email paulding@pauldingswcd.org!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2018-2019 PAULDING SWCD EDUCATION PROGRAM GUIDE

A PDF Version of the 2018-2019 Paulding SWCD Education Programming Booklet is now avaialble! This is where you will find a detailed description of each program offered. There is a version for Elementary (Grades PreK-5th) and Junior High/High School (Grades 6-12).

 

2018-2019 Education Programming Booklet (Grades Pre-K through 5th)

 

2018-2019 Education Programming Booklet (GRADES 6-12) 

 

 


Paulding SWCD & Paulding Schools partner for Tree Planting Project!

    The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District is proud to partner with Paulding Exempted Village Schools on a multi-year tree planting and landscaping project at the Paulding School campus! We were approached by Paulding Elementary Principal Greg Puthoff about planting a windbreak for their playground and the project blossomed from there to include trees all around the school grounds. Trees will not only help to serve as a windbreak but to help beautify the school grounds and provide students with a cool, inviting place to find some shade during their time outdoors! As part of this project, wildflower plots will also be placed in spots too narrow for trees, in an attempt to provide habitat and shelter for our ever-important pollinators!

      Trees are currently being cared for by students in the Greenhouse Management Class and Agricultural Education Teacher Staci Miller in the Paulding High School Agricultural Education program at the school greenhouse. Once the tree seedlings grow, the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District staff, Paulding FFA students, and students from Paulding Schools will place the tree seedlings for the first year around the school according to the project layout. Plans are to work our way around the Paulding campus in future years in an effort to promote and educate students on the importance of trees, the services they provide, and the importance of environmental conservation. Stay tuned as there are many more great things to come!

  

 Photo: (Front row L-R): Parker Wulf, Kendyl Sunday, Brynlee Mangette, and Luciana Martinez (Back L-R): Principal Greg Puthoff, Donnique Carter-Dickey, Hailey Harris, Patrick Troyer (Paulding SWCD).

  


Native Grass Plantings coming to Black Swamp Nature Center & Children's Home!
 

If you regularly visit the Black Swamp Nature Center, you may notice a few changes taking place this year to this treasured site. Fear not, we are in the process of making the nature center an even more beautiful place for moth humans and wildlife! The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District has received approval from the Paulding County Commissioners to establish native grass plantings at the Black Swamp Nature Center and the Jacob Eaton Children's Home.
 
These plantings will include a variety of native annual and perennial species designed to add to the beauty of these areas and to provide much needed habitat for our ever important pollinators and wildlife/ This will be a three year project, so stay tuned for further developments and surely let us know if you have any questions! 
 

 
 

        Paulding SWCD Board of Supervisors

 

 


The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors which are Paulding County residents who own land in the county. They meet the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 AM at the Paulding SWCD Offices. It is their duty as elected public officials to conduct business of the Paulding SWCD and all bills which may be presented for approval. Supervisors are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Paulding SWCD held in November each year. Pictured (Left to Right): Brian Ruble, Gary Derck, Joe Barker, Matt Stoller, and Bryce Mills.  

 

 

 

Paulding SWCD Board Meetings

October 10, 2018
November 14, 2018
November 15, 2018 (ANNUAL MTG)
December 12, 2018


Meetings are subject to change.
Regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. at the
Paulding SWCD Office (unless otherwise noted)
900 Fairground Drive Suite B, Paulding, Ohio
45879.

 

 In Cooperation with the Paulding County Commissioners:
Roy Klopfenstein
Mark Holtsberry
Tony Zartman

 

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