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The Wayne SWCD is committed to assisting local landowners with natural resource conservation.  We offer assistance in many forms at no cost.

Technical Assistance can be a simple site visit to recommend conservation practices or best management practices to meet the goals of the landowner as well as conserve natural resources.  Conservation planning can be offered so that BMPs or practices can be installed over a period of time.  Planning can also take the form of Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning (CNMP).  CNMP’s are especially important for livestock farms managing livestock manure for maximizing crop production while minimizing potential water quality issues.  Technical assistance is also offered as surveying and designing projects to ensure a practice is sized and situated on the landscape properly. 

Conservation Practice or BMP Examples  

(Click  on a title to see a photo example)

Access Road

 

To provide a fixed route of travel for moving livestock, produce, equipment, and supplies; and to provide access for proper operation, maintenance, and management of livestock or conservation enterprises while controlling runoff to prevent erosion or improve water quality.

 

Agrichemical Handling Area

 

A facility with an impervious surface to provide an environmentally safe area for the

handling of on-farm agrichemicals.

 

 Cover Crop

 

 This practice establishes close-growing grasses, legumes or small grain crops to provide seasonal protection. Cover crops help improve soil and water quality by reducing soil erosion, increasing organic matter and capturing and recycling nutrients in the soil profile. Cover crops can also be used to fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce soil compaction, manage soil moisture and provide supplemental forage for livestock.  Click  to watch  VIDEO  of  Aerial Seeding  of Cover Crops.

 

FENCE

 

This practice facilitates the accomplishment of conservation objectives by providing a means to control movement of animals and people, including vehicles. Including (1) exclude livestock from areas that should be protected from grazing; (2) control livestock where permanent fencing is installed as a component of a rotational grazing system; (3) confine livestock on an area; (4) control domestic livestock while permitting wildlife movement; (5) regulate access to areas by people, to prevent trespassing, or for purposes of safety.

 

FILTER STRIPS / AREAS

 

A strip or area of herbaceous vegetation situated between cropland, grazing land, or disturbed land (including forest land) and environmentally sensitive areas.

 

FOREST STAND IMPROVEMENT

 

Removing unmerchantable and unwanted trees, shrubs, or vines from wooded areas.

 

GRADE STABILIZATION STRUCTURE

 

A structure used to control the grade and head cutting in natural or artificial channels.

 

GRASSED WATERWAY

 

A natural or constructed channel that is shaped or graded to required dimensions and

established with suitable vegetation.  Click to  watch  VIDEO  of  Grassed Waterway Construction.

 

HEAVY USE AREA PROTECTION

 

Protecting heavily used areas by establishing vegetative cover, by surfacing with suitable materials, or by installing needed structures. This standard also includes protecting areas used for livestock feeding and watering, loafing, exercising, or confinement by surfacing with suitable materials, and installing control structures, if necessary.

 

ROOFS AND COVERS

 

A rigid, semi-rigid, or flexible manufactured membrane, composite material, or roof structure placed over a waste management facility.

 SEASONAL HIGH TUNNEL SYSTEM FOR CROPS

 
A seasonal polyethylene covered structure with no electrical, heating, and/or mechanical ventilation systems that shelters crops and extends the growing season in an environmentally safe manner.

 

SPRING DEVELOPMENT

 

Utilizing springs and seeps to provide water for a conservation need.

 

STREAM CROSSING

 

A stabilized area or structure constructed across a stream to provide a travel way for people, livestock, equipment, or vehicles. Click to watch a VIDEO of  Stream Crossing  Construction.

 

CONTOUR STRIPCROPPING

 

Growing row crops, forages, small grains, or fallow in a systematic arrangement of equal width strips on or near the contour of the field slope.

 

WASTE STORAGE FACILITY

 

Storage Construction in 30 seconds!

(Youtube video of Concrete storage built for dairy cows in 2009.)

An impoundment made by constructing an embankment and/or excavating a pit, or by fabricating a manmade structure.

 

WASTE UTILIZATION (CNMP)

 

Using agricultural wastes such as manure and wastewater or other organic residues.

 

More conservation practice or BMP examples can be found at the NRCS website http://efotg.sc.egov.usda.gov/treemenuFS.aspx .  (Select Ohio, Wayne County, and Section IV.)  The above listed practices have been the most common ones used in Wayne County.