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Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District
900 Fairground Drive Suite B Paulding, Ohio 45879
Phone (419)-399-4771 Email:
Office Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
Entrance is through the west (left) doors at the Parc Lane Center Building. 

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


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 are matched by the state of Ohio nearly dollar to dollar to support SWCD operations, conservation programs, and resource management initiatives.  SWCD’s work closely with 
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and are now under ODA Division of Soil and 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.


Technical assistance (design, promote, facilitate)

Equipment Rental

Education (all ages and occupations)

Local eyes and ears and “boots on the ground”



2017 Paulding SWCD Year in Review

2017 was quite a busy and productive year for the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District. We experienced a great year in the areas of Conservation Education, Manure Management, Technical Assistance, and Ditch Maintenance. Check out the link below to see our accomplishments for 2017!


68th Annual Community Conservation Celebration
Recently, the Paulding SWCD held its 68th Annual Banquet & Supervisor Election “A Community Conservation Celebration”. The community came out to celebrate a year’s worth of many great accomplishments for the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District in the areas of technical assistance, educational programming, nutrient management, ditch maintenance, and overall district achievements. The evening began with the election of supervisors with three candidates competing for two spots on the board of supervisors. Candidates included incumbent Bryce Mills from Payne, Joe Barker from Antwerp, and Tom Wannemacher from Payne. Bryce Mills was re-elected to a new term to commence January 1, 2018 while Joe Barker was elected to a new term beginning January 1, 2018. 

Kathy Sinn from Grover Hill Elementary was awarded the 2017 Educator of the Year while Ken Gordon was awarded the 2017 Cooperator of the Year. 


Manure Stockpiling & Application Law FAQ

How familiar are you with manure stockping and application laws? Manuel Lay, WLEB Nutrient Management Specialist, has put together a brochure to answer all the questions you may have. You may click on the link below for a copy, or stop in our office for a copy!

Manure Stockpiling & Application Brochure

Soil Your Undies!



So, you are likely wondering why we would bury underwear in the soil. Fear not, there is quite an experiment we have going on! We decided to replicate an experiemnt done by our counterparts at Wood Soil & Water Conservation District. Soil microbial activity is a key soil health indicator, says Sara Berg, SDSU Extension agronomy field specialist. "Most seasoned soil health producers recognize the value of the soil microbial kingdom and often refer to it as ‘the herd,’” Berg says. Bly explained that soil microorganisms increase plant residue decomposition, which releases plant nutrients. How can you test soil health & microbial activity? Bury some undies of course!

For the demonstration, two pairs of mens' white cotton briefs were buried in an area of the field planted in cover crops and then an area of the same field with no cover crops. Briefs were buried on July 11th and checked on August 2nd during the Manure Science Review.  "The premise of the demonstration is the fact that soil microorganisms require carbon to survive. Men's cotton underwear briefs contain high amounts of carbon. Therefore, decomposition of the briefs after they are retrieved provides a good indication of soil microbiological activity, and ultimately, soil health status," Bly explains. We will check our briefs again this fall so stay tuned!

2017 Manure Science Review a sucess!


Paulding SWCD along with OSU Extension, Seneca SWCD, Cooper Farms, and Ohio Farm Bureau hosted the 2017 Manure Science Review right here in Paulding County! We had great attendance with over 230 people in attendance! This field day was designed to give producers an update on rules an regulations regarding manure application, the latest technology in manure application, as well as best management practices to effectively use nutrients in the field. A BIG THANK YOU goes to Paulding SWCD Board Chairman Matt Stoller and his family (bottom picture) for being awesome hosts and rolling out the welcome mat for the day! 



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 8:00am 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): Bryce Mills (Vice Chairman), Brian Ruble (Dual Fiscal Agent), Matt Stoller (Chairman), Keith Wiesehan (Dual Fiscal Agent), and Gary Derck.  

Paulding SWCD Board Meetings

December 13th, 2017

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.  

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