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Big Tree Contest

Entries for the annual Big Tree Contest are now being taken by the Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District.  The contest is open to all species of trees growing on privately owned property in Coshocton County.  Property line trees and trees growing on federal, state, or local government owned land are not eligible.  Any person can enter any tree that is physically located in Coshocton County whether or not the tree is growing on the nominator’s property. 

Two winning trees will be chosen this year.  The Big Tree Contest is county-wide, while the “Coshocton Is Blooming” category is limited to trees growing within the Coshocton city limits.  Coshocton SWCD encourages you to submit as many entries as you like for you or your neighbors.  Entries will be measured by a representative from Coshocton SWCD using the national standardized measurement criteria.

The owners of the winning “Big Trees” will each receive a plaque and 2 tickets to Coshocton SWCD’s Annual Meeting and Banquet on October 15 at the Lake Park Pavilion.  Contact the SWCD office at (740)622-8087 ext. 4 or email for an entry form or more information. The entry form is also available below. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31. 

Big Tree Entry Form

Cover Crop Program

Coshocton SWCD will once again be coordinating a Cover Crop Program for our landowners in cooperation with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. SWCD personnel will assist landowners with application paperwork for this program and the signup deadline is July 8th, 2020. We encourage anyone interested in cover crops to contact us and we will work to make the program meet your goals.

Through this program, the SWCD is able to offer a cost share incentive of $12 per acre with a 200 acre limit per producer. The final number of approved acres in Coshocton County will depend on area wide scores but we encourage anyone interested in the program to work with SWCD technicians to complete the paperwork.  A landowner that has never signed up for the cover crop program is eligible for $15 per acre if their ranked fields are approved for the program.   

New this year, soil test results must be supplied to SWCD staff for each field signed up to be eligible.  Tests must be within the last 4 years and represent no more than 25 acres per test.  Fields without soil tests will not be considered for ranking in 2020.  Also new on the ranking application is nutrient application records which are worth 20 points.  To earn these points, producers must supply the SWCD with current crop records (nutrients applied for the crop currently planted in the field) for each field with date applied, product or analysis, and rate.  These changes are an effort by ODA to follow the H2Ohio program, that will hopefully be available in our area in the next couple of years, and SWCD staff will work with you to complete your application.

Contact our office or click the below application if you are interested in this opportunity to establish a cover crop program for your farm. We look forward to working with you to keep our soils healthy and productive while also protecting the water quality in our community.

Application 2020


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The July 8, 2020 Board Meeting at 8:00 p.m. will be available on Zoom.

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The Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors meets once a month, and uses the following schedule:

January, February, March, and December – Second Wednesday of the Month – 10:00 a.m.

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November – Second Wednesday of the Month – 8:00 p.m.

Any special or emergency meetings will be posted on our Events page as soon as they are scheduled.

SWCD Board Meetings are open to the public, and most meetings are held at the District Office, 724 S. 7th Street, Coshocton, Ohio.  If you would be interested in attending our meetings or would like more information, please contact our office at 740-622-8087, ext. 4.  The Chairman of the Board may need to change the date and/or time of meetings throughout the year. Any changes will be made known to the public and updated on our Events page.