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Report Wildlife Sightings

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is seeking reports of gray foxes, river otters, black bears, and other furbearers. Reports can be submitted to the Wildlife Reporting System at wildohio.gov and on the HuntFish OH  mobile app. Wildlife biologists use public reports to monitor populations of these secretive species.

Please contact your County Wildlife Officer to submit river otter and gray fox carcasses. Submitted carcasses can be from harvests or roadkill, although it is not permitted to collect roadkill carcasses. One can report the location of roadkill to their local wildlife officer. Other furbearers that citizen scientists can report include fishers, badgers, weasels, and bobcats, as well as other wildlife species found on the wildlife reporting system webpage.

The ODNR press release can be found at Report Furbearer Sightings to Contribute to Wildlife Research.

More information on individual wildlife species in Ohio can be found at the Ohio Division of Wildlife online Species Guide.

2024 Beginning Gardener Programs

The Scioto SWCD is already looking forward to and planning for the 2024 gardening season. As part of this, and thanks to an urban agriculture conservation grant received from the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), we plan to offer a series of beginning gardener programs in the upcoming year. These programs will be very informal and aimed at answering questions and providing useful information for those wanting to get involved in or increase their knowledge of gardening and raising some of their own food.

The year's second program is scheduled for Thursday evening February 22 from 5:00-6:30 PM at the Scioto SWCD office location. The plan for this program is to discuss preparing your garden soil for your 2024 garden as well as covering raised garden beds and other methods of raising fruits, vegetables and other plants.

If you are seriously interested in attending, as space is limited, please send an email including your name and phone number to info@sciotoswcd.org or call our office at 740-259-9231 ext. 4.

District 2024 Tree & Wildlife Seed Sale

The District's 2024 Tree and Wildlife Seed sale is now underway. Orders will be taken until February 15. Again this year, there is a nice selection of trees, groundcovers, wildlife seed and other items available.

To see what all is available along with costs please review the description and order form found on the Tree Sale page under the events tab.

If you have any questions please give our office a call.

Southern Ohio Grazing Council

The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District is forming a Southern Ohio Grazing Council to include Adams, Brown, Highland, Clermont, Pike and Scioto Counties. The goal of the Council is to bring together southern Ohio livestock producers to share knowledge and learn from others about some of the livestock operation management methods they implement and are having success with. The initial Council organizational meeting will be held February 1, 2024 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Oliver Township Fire Station located at 4613 Unity Road in West Union. If interested in attending please RSVP by calling Adams SWCD at 937-544-1010.

Public Notice:

The Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District's Board of Supervisors will meet in 2024 on the first Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise stated, at 8:00 AM at the USDA Service Center, 12167A State Route 104, Lucasville, Ohio.  The Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District strives to work with local landowners, residents, businesses, organizations, and units of government in providing a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve Scioto County's natural resources.  Anyone interested in conservation practices can find more on the District website at www.sciotoswcd.org or call the District office at 740-259-9241 ext. 4.  The District was formed in 1946 as a legally organized subdivision of the State of Ohio that is governed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors elected by Scioto County residents.  The 2024 Supervisors are Thomas Turner, Wheelersburg; James L. Pertuset, Portsmouth; Travis Garrett, Lucasville; David Otworth, Franklin Furnace; Matt Lewis, West Portsmouth.  Meetings are open to the public and the media.  If you would like to receive notices about special meetings, meeting topics or time and date changes for regular meetings, please contact the District Administrator.

Scioto SWCD 2024 Regular Board Meeting Dates

January 9

February 6

March 5

April 2

May 7

June 4

July 2

August 6

September 3

October 1

November 5

December 3

Scioto County Local Foods Guide

Scioto SWCD
12167A State Route 104
Lucasville OH 45648
740-259-9231 Ext. 4
info@sciotoswcd.org

Scioto SWCD has been working on compiling a local foods  guide which was planned to be published early in 2023. We have been waiting to make contact with local producers and others and decided to post what we have compiled to this point. There are many more that could be added so if you are a local, small farm or business producing or offering foods for public sale and would like to be added please send your information to info@sciotoswcd.org or call our office at

740-259-9231 ext. 4 and we will add you to the guide. This guide is a work in progress and hopefully the list of local food sources will be expanded so check back for further updates. The guide can be found on the Links page accessed at the top of this page.

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