State Representative Derek Merrin and Senator Randy Gardner met this past week with the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) at the recent annual “Conservation Partnership Meeting” held in Columbus.
Over 650 conservation leaders consisting of supervisors and staff from Ohio’s 88 SWCDs, partners representing the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Ohio Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Employees, Ohio Enviromental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State University, and many others were on hand during the two-day event centered around the theme, “All-In For Conservation.”
The meeting challenged attendees to identify and strengthen their commitment to conservation as each work to positively impact Ohio’s economy, environment and future. Meeting participants networked, participated in thought-provoking workshops and breakout sessions, and heard from key speakers including Leadership Speaker Randy Frazier, Jim Richardson from National Geographic, USDA NRCS Regional Conservationist Gayle Berry from Washington,D.C., ODA Director David Daniels, and State Senator Bob Peterson.
During a special event held at the statehouse rotunda, the districts met with state legislators.
“We appreciate Representative Merrin and Senator Gardner for taking the time to meet and hear how SWCDs are positively impacting our local communities through a variety of programs and projects aimed to increase the economy while advancing conservation stewardship,” said Bill Shininger, chair of the SWCD Board.