SWCD celebrates 70 years

By Ciara Conley - [email protected]

Some things in life are worth celebrating and Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is gearing up to do just that.

The Conservation District will be celebrating 70 years of service in the region. The Conservation District has been working in Scioto County since 1946 after being voted into existence by the community.

Simply put, conservation is the wise use of resources, and the Scioto SWCD works to help conserve, preserve, and maintain the natural resources of Scioto County.

“This is a big job and a cause worth celebrating too. The district helps to conserve resources by overseeing Agricultural Pollution Abatement, assisting landowners and residents with resource concerns, by working hand in hand with agricultural producers to implement smart conservation practices, and by educating the public,” said Kate Sowards, the SWCD Education Coordinator.

All services offered by the district are free of charge.

On Nov.15 at Minford High School, the Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District will hold their annual meeting. This event starts with a supervisor election at 6 p.m. with dinner kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $15 but the price will rise to $17 on Nov. 8 Tickets are available for purchase by calling 740-259-9231 ext. 4 or by visiting the office at 12167A, State Route 104 in Lucasville.

During the meeting the District will honor a Cooperator of the Year, a Farmwoman of the Year, and a Friend of Conservation. In addition, the winners of the fifth grade poster contest will be presented their awards.

In addition to the good food, fellowship, and honoring these worthy local heroes Scioto SWCD is honoring the history that helped bring Conservation into the public narrative with local historian Dr. Andrew Feight from Shawnee State University.

Dr. Feight will be speaking about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Scioto Valley.

“My presentation will look into the largely forgotten and never recorded history of the Civilian Conservation Corps’ role in the creation of Shawnee State Park and Forest. I will trace the influence of the original conservation movement that began in the 1890s and led to the establishment of the Theodore Roosevelt Game and Forest Reserve in Scioto County in the early 1920s,” said Feight. “And then I will focus my presentation on the 1930s, when there were seven segregated CCC camps located in the Shawnee State Forest, three which were white and four that were black. The dinner talk provides me with the opportunity to share with the local community the work on a new stone memorial to the CCC and the men who built the park and the roads that now thread their way through the forest’s hills. I hope to capture and share the original vision that conservationists had for what became Shawnee State Park and Forest.”

For more information please visit, www.sciotoswcd.org or call 740-259-9231.

By Ciara Conley

[email protected]

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley – Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley - Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.