The Van Wert Soil & Water Conservation District encourages you to think about your personal responsibility to be a good steward of natural resources during its annual Stewardship Week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has proclaimed April 25 – May 2, 2021 as Stewardship Week, marking the 66th year of the national event. The 2021 Stewardship Week is themed “Healthy Forests = Healthy Communities,” encouraging citizens, schools and communities to develop and maintain habitat areas using good conservation practices. Trees and forests are critical to providing clean air and water, healthy soil, abundant wildlife habitat and valuable products we use every day.
The Van Wert SWCD was formed to assist people in Van Wert County to protect and conserve the natural resources for all residents by providing technical, educational, and financial assistance. During Stewardship Week, the Van Wert SWCD will provide a black gum seedling to each fourth grade student in the county and Stewardship Week bags with activities will be available at the Soil and Water Office. We have filled bags for children and adults with useful information and a few fun activities and crafts. Please stop by the office April 26-April 30 from 7:30-4:00 to pick up your bag. Our address is 1185 Professional Drive, Van Wert.
Van Wert SWCD is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts (www.nacdnet.org) which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.
Additional information about Stewardship Week is available on the NACD website at www.nacdnet.org.
Tree orders will be available for pick up on April 21 from 8:00-3:30. This date could possibly change if our supplier runs into any issues that would cause them not to get our order filled. We will post updates as soon as possible if this becomes a problem. Thank you to everyone who participated in our tree sale this year. It was a huge success!
The Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District is offering one $500 scholarship to a student studying agriculture, natural resources or closely related fields at any Ohio college or university during the 2020/2021 academic year. Recipient of the scholarship need to have completed their freshman year in college, and must be a Van Wert County resident.
Scholarship applications must be received at the Soil and Water Conservation District by May 7, 2021. The Scholarship Committee of the Soil and Water Conservation District will review the applications, and announce recipients in June. Scholarship money will be sent directly to the recipient’s college or university at the beginning of the academic year.
Criteria for determining the recipient will be area of study, grades, activities, leadership, and commitment to conservation practices. The SWCD reserves the right to refuse any applications not meeting requirements.
Scholarship applications are available at the Soil and Water Conservation District office, 1185 Professional Drive, Van Wert or on-line at www.vanwertswcd.org. Applications and two reference forms need to be received at the office by May 7, 2021. See below for application.
Calling local young artists in grades K through 12! It’s time to break out the paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers and paper for the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District poster contest. The contest is open to all Van Wert County students. The creation may not be traced from other artists’ work or from photographs. Each entry must have the completed form signed by the parent or guardian attached to the back of the poster. This form can be downloaded from the SWCD website at: www.vanwertswcd.org on the education page. The topic “Healthy Forest = Healthy Communities” must appear on the front of the poster. The deadline to turn in posters to the Van Wert SWCD is 4 pm on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
Posters will be judged on grade divisions: K-1; 2-3; 4-6; 7-9; and 10-12. First place entries from each level will receive a certificate from the Van Wert SWCD. Those first place entries will be submitted to the State Poster Contest which is held during the summer of 2021. Posters selected from the State Contest will be forwarded on to the National Poster Contest. Posters at this level will be judged on: Conservation message (50%); Visual Effectiveness (30%); Originality (10%) and Universal appeal (10%).
Additional information can be found at: http://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/conservation-district-directory/or by calling the SWCD Office at (419) 238-9591.
Our Annual Fish sale are now under way. This program is open the public. Orders for the fish sale will be accepted until April 23 and payment is expected when placing the order. The fish will be available for pickup on April 29 at 3:00. Orders forms are available on the website under the 'items for sale' tab or by clicking the link below. They can also be emailed, mailed or picked up at the office. Thank you for your support with this program.