School Supply Recycling Program

This spring, seven schools in Clermont County participated in our School Supply Recycling program. We provided schools with bins to collect items like writing supplies, notebooks, binders, folders, scissors, glue, and more. In total, we received almost 1000 pounds of school supplies!

Next, we will be sorting donations and get everything either donated to our community partners or recycled. In the past, we have worked with NEST Community Learning Center, Boys & Girls Club, and the Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub. If you would like to get your school/organization involved with donating or receiving school supplies, contact Elea Cooper at ecooper@clermontcountyohio.gov

Planning to Cut Timber on Your Woodlot? – Call Before You Cut!

Did you know…when woodland owners sell timber, the landowners are legally responsible for preventing water pollution that might occur during and after a tree harvest? Under Ohio’s Agricultural Pollution Abatement law, which addresses impacts to the “waters of the State” resulting from timber harvests, responsibility rests with the landowner – not the logging company!

Sometimes, erosion or sedimentation problems aren’t obvious to the landowner until after the timber harvest is finished. By then it can be difficult to get the logging company to correct problems, especially if the company has gone on to another job. That’s why it is so important to choose a logger carefully, to insist on a written contract that requires the use of best management practices, and to file an Operation and Management (O&M) plan with the local soil and water conservation district (SWCD) before starting the harvest.

O&M plans are not mandatory, but they can help landowners and loggers head off problems. Filing a plan signals to the logger that the landowner takes erosion control seriously and lets the SWCD know a timber harvest is planned. If the SWCD sees a problem with the plan, the plan can be revised before the harvest starts and problems occur. A plan approved by the local SWCD can also help protect a landowner from nuisance lawsuits as long as the best management practices in the plan are being followed.

Landowners should first visit the website http://callb4ucut.com/  or call 877-4B4- UCUT to learn more details about the program. If landowners decide to file a “Notice of Intent to Harvest” or an O&M Plan, they can then call the Clermont SWCD for further assistance.

Of course, just putting a plan on paper won’t ensure that best management practices are followed during a timber harvest. Unless the landowner has expertise in managing a timber harvest, it’s best to seek out professional help. Service Foresters from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry can advise landowners on woodland management, including best management practices for timber harvests and filing O&M plans.

Many landowners also rely on private consulting foresters, who can manage a timber sale and oversee harvests. Industry foresters employed by companies that use raw wood products might also be able to help landowners.

Box Tree Moth Quarantine

No moving Boxwoods!

On April 11th 2024, ODA began a quarantine in Southwest Ohio (Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Greene, Montgomery, and Warren counties) to help restrict the spread of the Box Tree Moth. The movement of boxwood shrubs is prohibited in the listed counties.

Though these moths do not hurt native plants, they can decimate the boxwood, an important and common ornamental shrub in Ohio. ODA encourages residents to report any potential infestations. Evidence of damage includes chewed, cut, or missing leaves, yellowing or brown leaves, white webbing, and green-black excrement on or around the plant. For more information go to: https://agri.ohio.gov/btm

Bethel Tree Give Away

This May, Clermont SWCD was honored to partner with the OKI Regional Council of Governments and Taking Root to distribute 275 free trees to landowners in the Bethel area. The distribution was made possible by funding received through an Urban Forestry grant provided by the Ohio Division of Forestry.

As many know, Bethel and Tate Township have experienced significant tree loss due to the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), and our goal with this project was to begin to help the community re-establish the tree canopy.

This fall, we will be distributing another 325 trees; all will be non-ALB host species and distributed in 5-7 gallon containers. Dates TBD – Landowners can watch our web site and Facebook page for details.

Compost Bins and Rain Barrels for Sale

The Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District has a limited amount of 80 gallon Earth Machine compost bins (below, left) available for purchase for only $60, which is nearly 50% off of the retail price. Small 2 gallon kitchen collectors (below, middle) are also available for just $5. We have 50 gallon rain barrels (below, right) in stock as well! Order yours today at https://store.clermontswcd.org/ or by contacting Connie Miller at cmiller@clermontcountyohio.gov or (513) 732-7075 ext 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Landowner Conservation Series

Sessions are every first Wednesday 6:00-7:30 pm. Below are the workshops for the year. Registration is for each individual session. Go to https://www.clermontparks.org/registration-forms/landowner-conservation-series/ to register, read session descriptions, and find location details!

  • July 10 – Intro to Composting, Pattison Park Lodge
  • Aug 7 – Gardening for Wildlife 4-H Hall, Clermont County Fairgrounds
  • Sep 4 – Caring for your Trees, Pattison Park Lodge
  • Oct 2 – SW Ohio Native Plantings, Hartman Log Cabin
  • Nov 6 – Living with Wildlife, Pattison Park Lodge
  • Dec 4 – Growing Fungi 4-H Hall, Clermont County Fairgrounds

Spring Litter Clean Up Success!

The Clermont Soil and Water’s Spring Litter Cleanup was successfully held on Saturday April 20th. This year we had 120 volunteers help collect over 150 bags of trash around Clermont County! Thank you to everyone who spent their time helping at this event. Each piece of trash removed from our streams make our shared rivers and streams that much cleaner!

The Litter Cleanup event is coordinated each year by the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District and partially supported with a grant from Ohio EPA, Division of Recycling and Litter prevention. We truly appreciate your support and want to thank all of our partnering agencies and organizations.

We are already looking forward to next year’s clean up. If you weren’t able to make this event check out the Ohio River Sweep happening on June 22nd, for more information or questions contact Connie Miller at cmiller@clermontcountyohio.gov

Logo Design Contest

Before the Cleanup event, we held our yearly logo design contest for local K-12 students, sponsored by the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors (SOAR).

We received 50 designs across 11 grade levels. The overall winner this year was a 7th grader from Milford Junior High, Melissa Masiliunaite! Melissa’s logo was showcased on event garb and she won a $100 cash award! Winners also receive an additional $100 gift given to their school art department or local art program. Grade-level award winners received $25 each.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who participated! To see all the winning designs you can visit www.springlittercleanup.com