Thursday, September 22, 2022

Meeting Notice

Guernsey Soil and Water will be holding an emergency board meeting via telephone at 3:30 on 9/22/22.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

2022 Guernsey SWCD Fish Sale

Fall Fish Sale information posted below

We are accepting orders beginning today September 20th thru October 13th. Orders will NOT be accepted without payment. Please call our office with any questions at 740-489-5276

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Guernsey Soil and Water Supervisor Election


Guernsey Soil and Water

               Conservation District          

          335C Old National Rd. P.O. Box 310 Old Washington Oh. 43768

             Phone: 740-489-5276          Fax: 740-489-5278

For Immediate Release:


Election Notice

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of Supervisors of the Guernsey  Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. Individuals who own or occupy land within the Guernsey Soil and Water Conservation District and are 18 years of age or older may vote for Supervisor.

There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:

1.) At the SWCD office, 335C Old National Road, Old Washington, from 9/28/2022 until 10/27/2022 during normal business hours; or

2.) At the SWCD Annual Meeting, which will take place at Deerassic Park, 14250 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, OH 43725 on 10/27/2022 from 5:30pm-6pm. The event will be catered by Shirley Goodpaster and the entertainment is TBD. Or you can vote by

3.) Voting absentee from 9/28/2022 until 10/27/2022, by requesting the ballot application and election ballot from the SWCD office at the following address PO Box 310, 335C Old National Road, Old Washington, OH 43768, by calling 740-489-5276, or email Absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office by 10/27/2022 at 3:00 pm .                                                              

 One(1) Supervisor will be elected to a three‐year term commencing January 1, 2023 and ending December 31, 2025.

Nominees are:

1.     Steve Douglass

2.      Frank Motta 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Conservation Day Camp 2022

 Conservation Day Camp is back! June 16th & 17th! Ages 8-11

Please fill out the registration form and mail or drop it off at our office. Registration is limited to the first 20 kids. See camp brochure and forms below. We will be accepting registration forms until June 13th. Call our office with any questions, thanks! 

 (740) 489-5276 🎣🏹🌱

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Wild Wednesday at Deerassic!

Come attend this free Event at Deerassic! Our Wildlife Specialist will be giving a presentation on Nuisance Wildlife Identification, Damage and Prevention!

Thursday, January 27, 2022

2022 Guernsey SWCD Tree Sale!

2022 Spring Tree Sale flyer!

We are now accepting orders. Payment is due with your order. 

We do not accept orders over the phone.

If you would like one mailed to you, please call our office @ (740) 489-5276 and we will get one out to you right away. 

We have limited quantities and our orders are filled on a first come-first serve basis! 

*Tree pick up is slated for mid-April, but that is subject to change with shipping

Thursday, October 28, 2021

NRCS Announces Conservation Funding Opportunities for FY2022


NRCS Announces Conservation Funding Opportunities for FY2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 22, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing fiscal year 2022 assistance opportunities for agricultural producers and private landowners for key programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) andAgricultural Management Assistance (AMA)program. While USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts applications for these programs year-round, producers and landowners should apply by state-specific, ranking dates to be considered for this year’s funding. For Ohio, this includes Jan. 14, 2022 for EQIP, CSP, RCPP, and AMA. ACEP ranking dates are Dec. 3 for Agricultural Land Easement and Dec.17 for Wetland Reserve Program. CSP FY23 Renewal’s ranking date is tentatively scheduled for March 31, 2022.

Through conservation programs, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help producers and landowners make conservation improvements on their land that benefit natural resources, build resiliency, and contribute to the nation’s broader effort to combat the impacts of climate change.  


“NRCS conservation programs are good for Ohio’s natural resources and for your operation’s bottom line,” said Lori Ziehr, NRCS Acting State Conservationist in Ohio. “Whether this is your first time working with NRCS or you want to take conservation to the next level on your land, we encourage you to contact your local NRCS field office to learn more.”


Applying for Assistance

NRCS accepts applications for its conservation programs year-round. These dates account for producer needs, staff workload and ensure potential participants have ample opportunity to apply. Producers should apply by their state’s ranking dates to be considered for funding in the current cycle. Funding is provided through a competitive process.

Ranking dates for all programs and states are available at Applications received after ranking dates will be automatically deferred to the next funding period. Producers, landowners and forest managers interested in applying for assistance should contact the NRCS at their local USDA Service Center, or contact Jay McElroy for the Guernsey / Noble County NRCS Office.  He can be contacted at 740-421-3370; or at 1300 Clark St. Unit 10, Cambridge, OH 43725.






Program Options

EQIP provides cost share assistance for producers to use 170-plus conservation practices to address a wide variety of resource concerns. Within EQIP, Conservation Incentive Contracts allow producers to further target priority resource concerns. CSP helps producers take their conservation activities to the

next level through comprehensive conservation and advanced conservation activities. ACEP helps producers enroll wetlands, grasslands and farmlands into easements for long-term protection. Additionally, through RCPP, producers and landowners can work with partners who are co-investing with NRCS on targeted projects.


Historically Underserved Producer Benefits

Special provisions are also available for historically underserved producers. For EQIP, historically underserved producers are eligible for advance payments to help offset costs related to purchasing materials or contracting services up front. In addition, historically underserved producers can receive higher EQIP payment rates (up to 90% of average cost). NRCS sets aside EQIP, CSP and ACEP funds for historically underserved producers.


NRCS also recently announced the availability of funding for cooperative agreements for partners to provide outreach and support for historically underserved producers. Applications from individuals and entities are due Oct. 25. 


Conservation Practices and Climate

NRCS conservation programs play a critical role in USDA’s commitment to partnering with farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and local communities to deliver climate solutions that strengthen agricultural operations and rural America. States may prioritize a variety of voluntary conservation practices through these NRCS programs, including those that support climate-smart agriculture and forestry (CSAF). 


In fiscal year 2022, EQIP and CSP will provide targeted funding for CSAF practices, and Conservation Incentive Contracts – a new EQIP program – will be available nationwide with an emphasis on CSAF practices. Building on these efforts, NRCS will also prioritize climate investments through ACEP, RCPP and Conservation Innovation Grants. 


Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is engaged in a whole-of-government effort to combat the climate crisis and conserve and protect our nation’s lands, biodiversity and natural resources including our soil, air and water. Through conservation practices and partnerships, USDA aims to enhance economic growth and create new streams of income for farmers, ranchers, producers and private foresters. Successfully meeting these challenges will require USDA and our agencies to pursue a coordinated approach alongside USDA stakeholders, including State, local and Tribal governments.


USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Guernsey SWCD Seeks Wildlife/ Forestry Specialist


Wildlife/Forestry Specialist Job Opening with Guernsey SWCD

Responsibilities: Providing education, technical assistance, and field assistance to landowners,

primarily in wildlife & forestry issues.  Aides in educational programming

in local school systems. Minimum of 2-year degree and/or related experience in wildlife, forestry,

or natural resources management. Prefer experience in Microsoft Office and ArcGIS software. 

Resume & cover letter must be submitted/post-dated by November 29, 2021 by 8 am. You can email them to:

Or mail them to:

Guernsey SWCD

335C Old National Rd.

P.O. Box 310

Old Washington, OH 43768

(740) 489-5276