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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)
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.
A facility with an impervious surface to provide an environmentally safe area for the
handling of on-farm agrichemicals.
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.
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.
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.
A structure used to control the grade and head cutting in natural or artificial channels.
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.
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.
A rigid, semi-rigid, or flexible manufactured membrane, composite material, or roof structure placed over a waste management facility.
Utilizing springs and seeps to provide water for a conservation need.
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.
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.
(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.
conservation practice or BMP examples can be found at the NRCS
. (Select Ohio, Wayne County, and
Section IV.) The
above listed practices
have been the most common ones used in Wayne County.