POMEROY — Wildlife and soil and water conservation go hand-in-hand, since wildlife is dependent upon healthy habitat rooted in the conservation of soil and water largely owned by private landowners throughout the state.
The Conservation Corner will be located in the rear of the Grange Hall and, once again, represents a partnership the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife, with partner agencies including ODNR divisions of Parks, Forestry and Watercraft, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service.
This year will feature guest speakers, including a rattlesnake presentation with live snakes and feature deer mounts from Meigs County with scores and calculated retribution values.
The giant fish tank highlighting fish that are found in Meigs County will be set up the entire week for viewing, and the divisions of parks, foresty and watercraft will have information available all week at their booths.
The Meigs SWCD will have kids’ activities throughout the week, as well as educational exhibits, information about soil and water conservation and contests, including the challenging Mystery Farm contest.
At 6 p.m. Monday, Meigs County’s NRCS District conservationist Carrie Crislip will give a presentation pertaining to the new Farm Bill.
Kids Crafts will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday with Jenny Ridenour, SWCD education coordinator.
That evening at 6 p.m., Doug Wynn will give a presentation on the endangered eastern timber rattlesnake. Wynn is a well-known herpetologist and retired biology teacher from Westerville North High School in Franklin County. He has dedicated years of work to the conservation of endangered timber and Massasauga rattlesnakes and the plains garter snake. His research has expanded knowledge of these species as well as educating the public and dispelling many of the myths and misinformation associated with these animals.
On Wednesday at 6 p.m. ODNR-Division of Wildlife biologist Clint McCoy will give a presentation and discuss the potential impact of the coyote population on Ohio’s deer herd.
More information about speakers and activities will be announced closer to the fair dates.