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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  




Cost Share Funding Available at Paulding SWCD


The Ohio Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District is providing funding for new assistance programs for farmers to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. 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 March 15 and runs through May 1. Farmers will be able to sign up for the program at their local soil and water conservation district. 



Click Here for program information!








Paulding SWCD Ditch Maintenance Equipment Notice


The Paulding SWCD Ditch Maintenance office will be selling a 1970s Ford 555 backhoe with 6200 engine hours at a Large Equipment Auction to be held at Gorrell Brothers Auction Facility located at 1201 N. Williams St. Paulding, OH 45879 on Saturday, March 23rd beginning at 10:00am.


Click here to see a complete description and pictures of the equipment.  


Paulding SWCD & Paulding County WMEA launch Marker Recyling Program


Have you visited your child’s school recently and noticed these bins around? The Paulding County WMEA Program and Paulding SWCD have partnered to develop a marker recycling program in all Paulding County Schools through Crayola ColorCycle! This program has recently gained steam in Defiance and Putnam County, so we thought why don't we let Paulding County students join in on the fun too!


Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers. 


Crayola ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers. That includes dry erase markers and highlighters! ColorCycle will eliminate placing hundreds of tons of markers into landfills!! Everyone uses markers and highlighters every day so let us lend a hand to the environment and recycle markers! Look for recycling bins with a sign like you see here in the office at your school!


Click here for complete information on the Crayola ColorCycle and some eco-friendly lessons from Crayola! 



FREE Spring Family Fun Day!

Are you and the family tired of being stuck in the house? Do you need to unplug? Let the Paulding SWCD help you out with that by coming to our Nature Center Spring Fun Day!






2019 Paulding SWCD Fish Sales

The 2019 Tree Sale has now ended but our Spring Fish Sales are still underway! Click here for more information!







2018-2019 Paulding SWCD Photo Contest


Do you enjoy taking photos of the great outdoors? We want to see your shots during our 2018-2019 Photo Contest! Cash prizes awarded for the top 1st and 2nd place in each division. 1st Place will receive $25 and 2nd Place will receive $10 in two divisions (9-18) and (18 and over).


Entries will be due to our office on June 3rd, 2019.



See complete contest rules below:


2018-2019 Photo Contest Rules & Guidelines










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 






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! 


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




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