SWCD Federation celebrates 75 years

Staff report

The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts celebrated its 75th birthday Saturday, Oct. 20.

Officially created in law in October of 1943, the OFSWCD has used this year to celebrate the “Year of Conservation” and the accomplishments of Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts.

Formed from supervisors representing Ohio’s first county Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Clark, Butler, and Highland counties, OFSWCD supports the work of the state’s SWCDs to provide locally-driven, voluntary-focused solutions to natural resource concerns in rural, suburban, and urban settings.

The OFSWCD is currently led by 440 SWCD supervisors who oversee nearly 500 employees providing services to landowners, farmers, developers, and educators within the counties they represent. The OFSWCD and SWCDs partner with local, state, and federal partners to provide programs and opportunities.

“I am humbled and honored to represent the OFSWCD,” OFSWCD President Harold Neuenschwander said. “I’ve experienced firsthand the conservation stewardship ethic that our districts demonstrate day in and day out in an effort to leave the land better for future generations. Taking care of our soil, our water and our resources is truly vital to living a good life.”

Learn more about conservation efforts in Ohio by visiting the OFSWCD website at www.ofswcd.org or contact the Fulton SWCD.

Staff report