The Wayne SWCD Board of Supervisors will hold their monthly board meeting on October 3, 2023 at 8:30a.m.  The meeting will be held in the SWCD office located on the lower level in the County Administration Building, 428 West Liberty Street, Wooster, Ohio.

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76th  Supervisor Election and Annual Meeting Breakfast - November 2, 2023

FREE BREAKFAST!!  YES!   Now that we have your attention - please join us in celebrating 76 years of conservation at our 1st Annual Breakfast and Supervisor Election (it’s FREE!).  The breakfast, which will serve as this year’s Supervisor Election and Annual Meeting, will be held at The Connection – Conference and Event Center, located at 1034 Country Club Dr., Wooster, Thursday November 2nd from 7:00-9:30a.m. The event will follow an open house format so stop by anytime to cast your vote for the Wayne SWCD Board of Supervisors, then enjoy some coffee, scrambled eggs, gravy & biscuits, donuts and more while visiting with Wayne SWCD Supervisors and Staff!  Introductions of Supervisors and staff will take place at 8:30a.m., along with the presentation of our Conservation Education and Conservation Farm award winners.  We’ll also be scrolling a video showcasing events, conservation projects and activities that our office has been involved in over the years! 

We will require an RSVP for breakfast by Tuesday, October 17.  Please RSVP by calling 330-263-5376 or by email

*This is not at the Country Club! Please contact our office for more details if you do not have access to google/apple maps

The Details…

Wayne SWCD Annual Breakfast and Supervisor Election

When:  Thursday, November 2, 2023 7:00-9:30a.m.

Location:  The Connection – Conference & Event Center, 1034 Country Club Dr., Wooster

Breakfast Menu:  gravy & biscuits, scrambled eggs, yogurt parfait, bagels & pastries plus beverages

*menu subject to change

*Supervisor Election Info is under the News & Events Tab

2021 Wayne County Plat Books are now on sale in our office!

Only $25.00!!

Stop in and get yours today!!!

The Wayne SWCD is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Each one of Ohio's 88 counties has a local office. The Wayne SWCD was established by local election of the populace in 1947.

MISSION: The mission of the Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District is to protect, restore, enhance, and promote the wise use of natural resources. This will be achieved through the development of projects, technical assistance, education of the public, the cooperation of landowners/users, and through coordination with our partner agencies.

VISION: The Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District goal is to be recognized as a leader in promoting responsible stewardship and conservation of natural resources by providing education, technical assistance and the implementation of best management practices with friendly public service and a strong healthy working partnership with USDA/NRCS and our local agencies.

The Dust Bowl of the 1930's

Photo credit: NOAA Photo Library

It was the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s, a time when drought choked the Great Plains stretching across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado. Soil from America's breadbasket filled the skies. Sometimes a single dust storm lingered for days.

The storms were the result of drought and poor agricultural practices. Grasslands, which held soil in place, had been plowed and replanted with wheat. With rain, the crop was abundant. But when drought struck in the 1930s, farmers continued to plow and plant. With no ground cover remaining, the winds whipped the soil skyward.

In 1941, the 94th Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 646, authorizing the formation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to develop and implement programs to conserve soil, water and related programs. Between 1942 and 1963, soil conservation districts were formed in every county in Ohio. Wayne County was formed in the year 1947.