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The Wayne SWCD (Soil and Water Conservation District) is governed by five board members that are elected from the populous of Wayne County. Each board member serves a three year term as public officials and serve without pay. They are protected from liability by laws which indemnify all SWCD supervisors from personal liability in any civil actions arising from involvement with the SWCD. Board members provide locally led input and guidance to the programs and services provided by the Wayne SWCD. Staff provide the daily services and programs on behalf of the Board of Supervisors.

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OFSWCD announces 2020-21 officers

Matt Peart, Wayne SWCD supervisor, assumed the role of the president

Morning Ag Clips Article

The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) is pleased to announce the officer slate for 2020-21 as confirmed by the OFSWCD Board and Delegates. The newly elected officers, from the left, are: Bob Short, Dave Anspach, Matt Peart, Jeff Duling and Samantha Steiner. (Courtesy Photo)

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) is pleased to announce the officer slate for 2020-21 as confirmed by the OFSWCD Board and Delegates.

During the Annual Conservation Partnership Meeting, held virtually this year, Matt Peart, a Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Supervisor, assumed the role of the President. Other officers are: Jeff Duling, a Putnam SWCD Supervisor, 1st Vice President; Samantha Steiner, a Warren SWCD Supervisor, 2nd Vice President; Dave Anspach, a Clermont SWCD Supervisor, Secretary-Treasurer; and, Bob Short, a Williams SWCD Supervisor, who completed his two-year role as President, Past President.

This meeting brought together hundreds of conservation leaders throughout the state, including Supervisors and staff from Ohio’s 88 county SWCDs, and staff from the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation Service.

As newly elected President Peart, a first-generation farmer from West Salem, took the helm of the organization, he offered the following comments, “It is not one person, committee or game plan that makes the difference. It is a team with the same heart and the same goals that will make an impact and a difference for the betterment of conservation in Ohio.”

The OFSWCD is a non-profit organization providing support and assistance to Ohio’s 88 county Soil and Water Conservation Districts. County SWCDs provide a variety of conservation related assistance and programs to landowners and user’s of Ohio’s working lands — working hard to keep soils productive and waters clean throughout the state of Ohio.

— Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Wayne SWCD Board of Supervisors

Left to Right:

Matt Peart, Secretary

Dustin Ramsier, Fiscal Agent

John Redick, Vice Chairman

Scott Stoller, Public Relations

Jeff Gochnauer, Chairman

Wayne SWCD Staff

Left to Right:

Cody Beale, Nutrient Management Specialist

Stacey Hiller, Administrative Assistant

Kelly Riley, Education Specialist

Taylor Noble, Water Resources Specialist

Kathy Burley, Secretary

Rob Kastner, Water Management Engineer

NRCS Staff

(The NRCS office is no longer housed together with Wayne SWCD)

They are located with the FSA office at 2375 Benden Drive in Wooster.

Left to Right:

Jeff Lefever, Civil Engineering Technician

Ray Rummel, Agriculture Conservation Experienced Service Employee

John Knapp, District Conservationist

Colin Nugent, Area Engineer

(Not Pictured) Scott Kenreich, Resource Conservationist