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September 7, 2019by ncdea

MICHIGAN, Midland CD – After some shaky times, the Midland Conservation District and the historic Tomlinson barn, are on solid ground.

The barn and district also have history together, said Midland Conservation District Manager Karen Thurlow. The conservation district took ownership of the Tomlinson Family barn and about 5 acres, which was part of the Midland County’s Pinecrest Farm on Aug. 24, just over two years after Midland County Commissioners voted to have it torn down in June 2017.

When news of the county’s decision to tear down the barn came out, Thurlow was determined to save it. There were other county residents who felt the same way and Thurlow began contacting township supervisors, county commissioners, local foundations and organizations to seek support for saving it.

“I was the squeaky wheel,” Thurlow said. “No one knew we wanted to use it, so going public with my quest made it happen.”

Source: Midland Conservation District purchases Tomlinson barn



September 6, 2019by ncdea

MICHIGAN, Branch County CD – In order to help out her husband with his forestry business, Kathy Worst has decided to step down as the Executive Director of the Branch County Conservation District.

Worst has served the Conservation District as Executive Director for 12 years.

Jordan Beehler, who had been serving as a Conservationist for the last five months, has been named as the District’s Interim Director.

Beehler was previously employed by the Elkhart County Conservation District in Indiana for three years.

Source: Beehler takes over as BCCD interim Executive Director | News | WTVB



September 2, 2019by ncdea

OHIO, Lucas SWCD – It might have looked a bit peculiar to anyone walking the trails at Wildwood Preserve Metropark on a recent summer day or visiting the historic Manor House. What was that large group of adults doing splashing around in a shallow stretch of the Ottawa River?

Well, science takes on many different forms, and this recent wet and muddy fest was part of the preparation for a major anniversary celebration. Teachers from junior high and high schools around the region were there to learn the techniques and strategies they will need to be certified water quality data collectors as the Student Watershed Watch marks its 30th year.

“This is citizen science at work,” said Sara Guiher, water quality planner for TMACOG.

The program gives teachers the background on the biological, chemical, and physical factors that measure the health of water and habitat, so they can utilize this foundation when they bring their students out in the field this fall. The training is facilitated by the Ohio EPA, in partnership with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG), the Ohio Department of Natural Resources — Scenic Rivers, and the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District.

Source: Teachers roll up their sleeves to teach students about water quality | Toledo Blade


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