Soil and Water Conservation
Join Us for the Local Work Group
|130-A West Dudley Street
Maumee, OH 43537
Ph: (419) 893-1966
Ph: (800) 547-0272
Fx: (419) 893-3131
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Submit a question via e-mail:
Bring your conservation priorities to the Local Work Group and help the SWCD plan for the year ahead! Identify current and emerging needs, provide input on federally funded programs, and share your local knowledge. This one-hour meeting will be held Tuesday, January 24th at 9 AM in the district office on 130 West Dudley St, Maumee, Ohio. Please RSVP so we can arrange refreshments.
Bidding Opens for Real Property Farm Leases
The Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting bids for the 2017 real property farm leases owned by the Metroparks of the Toledo Area. Sealed bids will be received at the office of the Board of Supervisors,
130 West Dudley Street Ste. A, Maumee, Ohio, until 10:00 A.M. EST
time on the 24th day of January, 2017.
Instructions to Bidders
Bid Sheet Form
Metroparks Farming Requirements
Map of Heilmann Farm (96 acres)
Map of Canalley Farm (3 fields totaling 55 acres, to be bid separately)
Map of Mathers Farm (8 acres)
Map of Springer Farm (67 acres)
Please review all documents carefully before submitting a bid, and direct any questions to SWCD Agricultural Technician Dj Mears
Milkweed for Monarchs!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who collected milkweed pods for the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative during September & October. The Lucas SWCD office drop site alone collected over three pallets full of pods to be processed at the Lucas County Correctional Treatment facility for planting in ODOT right-of-ways. This is estimated to be over 1 million milkweed seeds! Also, congratulations to Clay High School Agriculture & Environmental Technologies students who won the Toledo Blade's School Contest by collecting 2,148 pods.
ODA Local Agricultural Easement Program:
The Black Swamp Conservancy will be hosting 4 meetings
to discuss the Ohio Department of Agriculture's farmland preservation easement program.
USDA CRP Program:
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is currently accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program
(CSP) through February 3, 2017.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – Nutrient Reduction Program 2nd Round (GLRI-NRP) State Producer Agreement:
The second round of GLRI-NRP funding is now under way until all funds are allocated, first-come first-serve. The GLRI-NRP is a voluntary program
that reimburses farmers to plant cover crops, install drainage
management devices such as controlled drainage structures, soil testing,
precision soil sampling with fertilizer placement and over-wintering
cover crop system and manure storage facilities. Cropland enrolled
must be approved by local SWCD technical staff and ODNR Division of Soil
and Water Resources area engineers. Please refer to the current GLRI-NRP 2 Map
for eligibility. For more information or assistance with a GLRI-NRP 2 Agreement
please contact Lucas SWCD Agricultural Conservationist Dj Mears
Rain Barrels, Composters, Birdhouses & more!:
To enhance your yard and garden, the Lucas SWCD offers rain barrels, composters, bird/bat/butterfly houses, marking flags and more. These also make great gifts for the gardener in your life.
Descriptions of Rain Barrels & Composters
List of LSWCD Items for Sale
Animal Waste Compost Facility:
The Blue Creek Compost Facility is open and accepting vegetarian animal
waste: horse, chicken, rabbit manure, etc. by appointments focusing on
Wednesday. Call 419-893-1966 for an appointment or more information. Cost to dump is $5 per cubic yard. A level pick up truck bed is two cubic yards.
Board of Supervisors Monthly Meeting Dates:
The Lucas SWCD monthly board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of
each month at 5:00 PM at the Lucas SWCD office, with a few exceptions:
Listing of 2016 Lucas SWCD Board Meeting Dates