Conservation Districts are locally organized self-governing bodies chartered by the State. Through voluntary action and cooperation of landowners (and other stake holders), the District works to conserve land, water, forest, wildlife and other related resources for the benefit of all.
Windbreak Program Available to Landowners
Local landowners have until December 5th, 2014 to sign up for the Northwest Ohio Windbreak Program. This program is a great opportunity for landowners to establish tree windbreaks in the county to help reduce soil erosion, control drifting snow and/or improve wildlife habitat. The program is offered through ODNR and provides assistance with planning and planting windbreaks. SWCD staff will work with the landowner to design the windbreak and determine the type and number of trees necessary. ODNR forestry staff will then plant the trees in the spring of 2015. One of the unique aspects of this program is the Survival Guarantee. ODNR will provide the landowners replacement trees at no cost for any that do not survive the first year. Cost share is available for this program through the USDA Conservation Reserve Program and eligible landowners can be reimbursed for up to 90% of their cost to plant these windbreaks. Certain eligibility requirements do apply. Contact the Crawford SWCD/NRCS office for more information or for eligibility requirements.