Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District

Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District Welcome to the Bartholomew County Soil & Water Conservation District page! What We Do:

Provide the public information about soil, water and related natural resource conservation; identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns; and connect land users to sources of education, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.

Operating as usual

06/10/2021

5 years ago today we put in the path at the fairgrounds!

06/03/2021

MILES FOR MONARCHS : It’s hard to believe but June is upon us…and that means it is time for us to start logging our miles for Miles For Monarchs! The monarch butterflies are on their way north right now, making their roughly 3,000 mile migration from central Mexico to the northern US and Canada. To increase awareness and support for the monarchs and their migration, we invite you all to participate in the June Miles for Monarchs challenge and run, walk, hike, bike, swim or paddle along with us as we try to move at least 3,000 miles as a community! As you're out completing your miles we'd love to see you and your habitat, so be sure to hashtag your posts with #milesformonarchs & #milesformonarchsIN!

Register here for the June event (or for the series to join us in September, too!) and choose your swag: https://bit.ly/MonarchMiles2021. Plus, NEW t-shirt design available for you to choose from!

Be sure to choose IN Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever when registering so a portion of your fee comes to us to help with monarch and pollinator habitat projects right here in Indiana!

Feel free to share this post so we can better spread the word and support the Monarchs!

A lot of people have been asking around about how you get rid of these trees. The best thing you can do is to cut it dow...
04/09/2021

A lot of people have been asking around about how you get rid of these trees. The best thing you can do is to cut it down and immediately spray it with a herbicide like round up. These trees will sprout saplings once they are cut down so be on the lookout for any surrounding pop-up trees even after herbicide application.

Can you smell rotting fish in the air this spring? That’s the awful Callery pear tree, also known as Bradford pear, one of the earliest trees to bloom and one of the most terrible threats to Indiana’s natural landscapes. Overused by landscapers due to its showy blooms, fast growth, and upright stature, this tree is wreaking havoc on Indiana’s biodiversity by spreading rapidly to wild open spaces, where seeds from bird droppings and cross-pollination create monoculture landscapes of dense thickets with sharp thorns – sharp enough to puncture a tractor tire! – that choke out native species and diminish crucial habitat and food for pollinators.

The Bradford pear’s showy white spring blossoms smell disgusting (many compare it to dead fish) yet these trees are a popular landscaping choice for many who don’t realize how devastating they are for Indiana’s environment. A weak tree prone to wind and ice damage, they are also a hazard with a very short lifespan of only 20-25 years. These "Frankenstein trees" are so detrimental to Indiana’s future that there is even a bounty placed on them this month in Lawrence County to encourage homeowners to cut them down. “If you didn’t know how harmful these trees were, and planted one on your property, we’re asking you to cut it down,” says the Lawrence County KIC (Keep Invasives in Check). “In return, we’ll give you a replacement tree.”

Why is it still legal to buy and plant such a dangerous tree, despite the threat they pose to almost every native species in Indiana? Tragically it comes down to money, as these trees earn nursery owners millions of dollars each year and the Indiana Invasive Species Council is prohibited from banning any plants that could cause economic harm to nurseries and small businesses. That’s why it’s so important to educate the public to stop buying them. Learn more in yesterday’s IndyStar article: “Bradford pear trees are highly invasive. This is why they aren't banned in Indiana.” https://www.indystar.com/story/news/environment/2021/04/06/council-considers-banning-invasive-bradford-pear-tree-indiana/6988023002/

We laughed at a joke shared recently on the Indiana Native Plant Society page: “What’s the best way to prune a Bradford pear tree?” The answer: CUT IT DOWN. Protecting Indiana’s forests starts at home in your backyard. Please do your part to remove invasive species before they spread into the natural areas we love and protect.

#InvasiveCalleryPear
#DoNotPlantCalleryPear
#RemoveCalleryPear

Callery Pear and its variants are wreaking havoc on our ecosystem.  Please consider removing these from your landscaping...
03/25/2021

Callery Pear and its variants are wreaking havoc on our ecosystem. Please consider removing these from your landscaping! Some great alternatives are Dogwood Trees, Redbuds, and Serviceberries!

Please support pollinators this spring, and don't be afraid to ask your local nurseries for native plants!  Please, stay...
03/25/2021

Please support pollinators this spring, and don't be afraid to ask your local nurseries for native plants! Please, stay away from planting burning bushes and ornamental pear trees! See below for resources!

As you plan your landscaping and flower beds this year, support insects, bird and other wildlife by planting native plants like this red admiral on coneflower. Ask for native plant species at your local grower/nursery facility. Avoid invasive species such as those listed on the Indiana Terrestrial Plant Rule at dnr.IN.gov/6351.htm or the Indiana State Official Invasive Plant List at www.entm.purdue.edu/iisc/invasiveplants.php. The Indiana Native Plant Society (INPS) also has plant lists for Indiana landscaping as well as a list of businesses that sell them at indiananativeplants.org/landscaping/landscape-worthy-indiana-natives.

02/22/2021
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Here is a great read for how to add structure in your pond for fish to hide, eat, or spawn.https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-providing_structure_for_fish.pdf

01/25/2021
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ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION: Our Annual Meeting will be held on February 4th from 8-4:30. We will be doing a no-contact drive through style meeting where you will pick up a packet of information with a ballot and then drop that ballot off in a ballot box. The ballots will be counted live on our page at 6 pm that evening.

Julie Hoene is the board member whose term is expiring this year, and she is running for re-election, unopposed. Julie Hoene has served 3 years on the Bartholomew Co. SWCD Board. She and her husband, Ben live on a small farm in southern Bartholomew County with their two daughters Emily and Betsy. They raise feeder cattle. She has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education. Julie taught for seven years at Seymour Community Schools before staying home to raise their children. She currently owns and operates Julie's Farm Fresh LLC, a hydroponic greenhouse growing a variety of lettuces. The greenhouse uses 90% less water than traditional practices. Some of the conservation practices used on their farm include cover crops, filter strips, and tillage. She is a 4-H leader, serves on the Bartholomew County Farm Bureau Board, and is a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Legally, we must make sure that we give everyone an opportunity to make another nomination from the floor. If you would like to do that, we have set up a Zoom meeting for this Thursday, January 28th from 10-11 am for you to do so. If you nominate someone, that person must also be present on the zoom meeting so he or she can state his or her qualifications. That person will then be added to the ballot for the drive through meeting on February 4th.

The information for the zoom meeting is below:

The Bartholomew County SWCD is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: SWCD Board Nomination Meeting
Time: Jan 28, 2021 10:00 AM Indiana (East)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Along with our Tree Sale, we will also be having a Fall Fish Sale!
08/20/2020
Fish Sale

Along with our Tree Sale, we will also be having a Fall Fish Sale!

Grass Carp must be delivered to your pond by Andry’s Fish Farm Personnel. Due to the large number of grass carp orders, the other fish ordered will have to be picked up at 10:00 am on the 20th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Our Fall Tree Sale is happening this year!
08/18/2020
2020 Native Tree Sale

Our Fall Tree Sale is happening this year!

All trees are in 3 gallon containers. We guarantee a healthy specimen will be supplied at pick up. Due to variations in planting, site conditions, weather, and care, no refunds will be given after tree pick up.

Bartholomew County Solid Waste District
05/20/2020
Bartholomew County Solid Waste District

Bartholomew County Solid Waste District

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.

https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day

05/06/2020
Curb It launches on Monday

Curb It launches on Monday

The Columbus Department of Public Works will debut Curb It on Monday, a free downloadable app that provides another option for city residents to request disposal of unwanted household items.Residents who receive city services can make requests for on-demand pickups. Curb It is an app that city resid...

Check out this great resource for all Milkweed Plants! Be sure to check your zone USDA hardiness zone.  (We are in 6)
05/06/2020
Find Milkweed Plants and Milkweed Seeds for Monarchs- 25?

Check out this great resource for all Milkweed Plants! Be sure to check your zone USDA hardiness zone. (We are in 6)

Find and plant milkweed plants and milkweed seeds for your garden to attract monarch butterflies. Milkweed is also the host plant for monarch caterpillars.

Our Fish Sale is still on for May 20th!  Check out our website for the order form.  Due to the current situation, we wil...
04/23/2020
Fish Sale

Our Fish Sale is still on for May 20th! Check out our website for the order form. Due to the current situation, we will only be accepting checks or cards. We will be back in the office as of May 4th to accept cards, but checks can be mailed anytime to 785 S Marr Rd, Columbus, IN 47201! http://www.bartholomewswcd.org/portfolio/fish-sale/

Grass Carp must be delivered to your pond by Andry’s Fish Farm Personnel. Due to the large number of grass carp orders, the other fish ordered will have to be picked up at 10:00 am on the 20th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

It's important to plant native!
04/16/2020
Upgrade Your Garden: The Power of Native Plants

It's important to plant native!

Spring gardening is underway, and native plants are king. A panel of experts on native and invasive species answer your gardening questions, and give tips for growing native plants.

Ripley County Soil & Water Conservation District
04/13/2020
Ripley County Soil & Water Conservation District

Ripley County Soil & Water Conservation District

COVID-19 Information for Farmers

This is a very difficult time for many people. Farmers and those involved in other aspects of agriculture and food production are experiencing significant challenges. This following website from Purdue Extension has information that may help those involved with agriculture navigate some of these.
https://extension.purdue.edu/article/36665

04/06/2020
Living Lands and Waters

Living Lands and Waters

Class is in session! Living Lands & Water's Education Coordinator, Rachel, typically travels to local elementary and middle schools, giving lessons on the mission of LL&W, the effects of plastic pollution and ways we can reduce our use. But now, everyone can join in on the lesson!

Timestamps:
1:35: A little background on LL&W's Founder and President, Chad Pregracke.
3:25: What is Living Lands & Waters?
5:45: How is garbage getting into our rivers?
7:18: The harms of plastic pollution.
13:57: Sustainable swaps you can make to reduce your use.
20:59: At-home activities!

This is a very kid-friendly lesson, so why not include it in your new homeschools!?

If you have any questions on Rachel's education session, leave it in the comments, or reach out by emailing [email protected].

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785 S Marr Rd
Columbus, IN
47201

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Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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