Thursday, October 8, 2020

New Board of Supervisor Election Procedures & Candidates

 After much thought and deliberation, our staff along with our board of supervisors have made the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Meeting for the year 2020. In the past, in-person voting was held during the meeting. We will still be holding in-person voting, but instead it will be held at our office. 

The voting window will be open starting Saturday, October 17th to Monday, November 30th. During this time Guernsey County Residents may request an absentee ballot by phone, mail, electronically or in person during office hours, M-F. If the ballot information is incomplete or inaccurate, the vote will be considered invalid. 

The following candidates are up for election:

John Enos, Ken Ford, Arthur (Art) Tripp and Gary Lanoux. 

Please see our newsletter for more information about the candidates or stop by our office for a copy.


- Guernsey SWCD Staff 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Livestock Depredation Seminar

Having issues with losing livestock due to predators? Do you want to know some proactive steps to take to reduce your losses and improve your operation? This is a great seminar to get those questions answered. Eric Householder from USDA Wildlife Services will present with his years of experience dealing with this issue and how people can improve their operations. Experts from FSA will also be there to answer any questions regarding their indemnity program regarding animals lost due to Black Vultures. For more information and to register for this, please call the office at 740-489-5276.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

77th Annual Meeting and Election

The Guernsey SWCD will be hosting their annual meeting and election on Thursday October 24th from 6 PM until 8 PM. Voting for supervisors will begin at 6 PM until 7PM with dinner and a program to follow. Dinner will include a meal from Shirley Goodpaster. There will also be a presentation on NRCS' available programs and how they can help landowners. Cost for this event is $10 and tickets may be purchased ahead of time at the Guernsey SWCD office or from any Guernsey SWCD board member.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Supervisor Candidates

The Guernsey SWCD is seeking candidates to run for the board of supervisors. For more information please contact the district at 740-489-5276 or by email at

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

34th Annual Conservation Day Camp: BUGS R LIFE

Join us @ our 34th Annual Conservation Day Camp on Wednesday, July 31st & Thursday, August 1st from 9 a.m - 2 p.m. Registration deadline is Friday, July 19th by 4:30 p.m. The cost is $10 & is due with the registration form that is pictured below. Feel free to stop in and fill one out! Camp is for ages 8-11. Lunch will be provided both days. More details can be found in the camp brochure below. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Canoe Float

Please join our staff for a fun & informative canoe float on Friday, June 14th from 6-8 p.m.
We will be meeting at the Park Office. This event is free, however, you must call to reserve your spot by Wednesday, June 12th. You can call our office @ (740) 489-5276 to hold your spot and for any questions you may have. Life jackets and paddles will be provided. We hope to see you there! 

Friday, March 1, 2019


The Guernsey County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) supervisors and staff recently participated in the annual “Conservation Partnership Meeting” held in downtown Columbus.  Over 500 conservation leaders representing Ohio’s 88 SWCDs, partners from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Ohio Department Natural Resources (ODNR), Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, The Ohio State University, agriculture commodity groups and environmental organizations and more were on hand during the two-day event centered around the theme, “Conservation Crusade:  Inspiring Stewards for the Future.”   
The meeting challenged attendees to identify and strengthen their commitment to conservation as each work to positively impact Ohio’s economy, environment, and future. Meeting participants networked, participated in thought-provoking workshops and breakout sessions, heard from Special Guest Speaker Jon Petz, key partners including USDA NRCS State Conservationist Terry Cosby, ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda, State Legislators and more. 

Employees and board members also attended a legislative meet and greet at the Ohio Statehouse on the 26th where they got the chance to talk with elected officials who represent us in Columbus. The district would like to thank Senator Brian Hill for his time and always going to bat for conservation here in Guernsey County. Pictured below is Terry Cosby NRCS State Conservationist, Levi Arnold of the Guernsey SWCD, Tom Price chairman of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and Dorothy Pelanda the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

To learn more about the event and the great things Ohio’s 88 SWCDs are doing locally, contact the Guernsey SWCD at 740-489-5276 and/or contact the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts at (614) 784-1900 or at

Pictured L to R: Terry Cosby, Levi Arnold, Tom Price, Dorothy Pelanda

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Camp Canopy Registration is Open for 2019

COLUMBUS, OH  Registration is now open for the popular Camp Canopy, which runs from June 9-14, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Coordinators for Camp Canopy are developing brand-new classes and new adventure-themed recreational activities, in addition to the traditional learning topics and fun activities from previous years, according to Jeremy Scherf, camp co-director and service forester with the ODNR Division of Forestry. Topics for Camp Canopy this year include tree identification, wildlife management, silviculture and invasive species.
“This year’s camp is going to be better than ever,” said Scherf. “We are excited to share new knowledge and outdoor skills with the students, focusing on the wonders of forests and wildlife in Ohio.”
Students who have completed the eighth grade through high school seniors graduating the year of camp are invited to attend Camp Canopy, which was previously known as the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp. The camp will be held at FFA Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake in Carroll County.
For more information about Camp Canopy, visit their website at
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit Follow us on Instagram at @odnrforestry (
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at
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For more information, contact:
Stephanie Leis, ODNR Office of Communications
Jeremy Scherf, ODNR Division of Forestry
Cutline: Founded in 1950 and formerly known as Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, Camp Canopy is an outdoors summer camp for high schoolers to discover forestry, wildlife and adventure.

Meet Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture

Come Meet Dorothy Pelanda at Cassell Station Fire House on April 5th at 1PM.

Cover Crop Meeting