1st ANNUAL PORTAGE COUNTY CONSERVATION PHOTO CONTEST

This year we are launching our first ever county-wide conservation photo contest! The contest will be open to all  Portage County Residents and will include four categories: Conservation Practices, Close-up Conservation, Conservation in Action, and Agriculture and Conservation Across America. There will be two age divisions that will be judged separately: Youth - 18 years and under, and Adult - 19 years and older.

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Plastics in Our Water: The Perils of Plastic Pollution

Dr. Sherri Mason’s groundbreaking research on microbead plastic contaminants in the Great Lakes has led governments and manufacturers around the world to ban microbeads, small plastics that are a major pollutant in our water. While ending the use of microbeads is an important first step, much more needs to be done to protect our health and environment from “The Perils of Plastic”.

Join us for this community event, free and open to all!
Door prizes will be awarded in the spirit of reducing single-use plastics in our community.

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5th Annual Edith Chase Symposium: Legacy & Lessons from the Cuyahoga River

In Kent on June 7, 2019, this program will open sixteen days of commemorations across the North Coast, of the 50th Anniversary of the fire near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The Symposium will include poetry contributions from across the region, recognition of local environmental projects accomplished by community groups and individuals, and an evening lecture given my James White, former executive director of the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization when the Remedial Action Plan and Director of Sustainable Infrastructure Programs of the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority.

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2019 BIG TREE CONTEST: BIG BEECH

The 2019 Big Tree Species will be Fagus grandifolia, American Beech. The American Beech is a native tree that has a strong presence. Its large looming stature, glossy green leaves, and smooth grey bark that can be all-too-often recognized by the initials carved into it are key characteristics.

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MANAGING STORMWATER ON YOUR LAND

If you are a land steward, you know that water is inevitable. Water is an amazing resource, but when not managed properly it can cause many problems, for you, your crops, or for those down stream. At this program we will explore different techniques such as rainwater catchment systems, infiltration swales on contour, keyline systems, soil health and more.

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2019 TREE SALE

Our Annual Spring Tree Sale offers over 30 different species of bareroot woody trees and shrubs at a great wholesale price. Species range from fruit and nut producing species such as hazelnuts and bush cherries, to native evergreens such as Canadian Hemlock to Western Arborvitae. Check out the full list!

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GROWING HAZELNUTS

Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from a field expert! John’s cultivar research has resulted in cultivation information that is more pertinent to our location than the info that is available from the east and west coast universities.

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POND CLINIC

Portage and Geauga SWCD welcome Eugene Braig, Aquatic Ecosystems Program Director, OSU Extension. Eugene’s presentation will address aquatic plant management in ponds, and the top 5 pond management concerns.

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