The Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District was formed in 1941 to provide 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 educational, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.
Location: 2526 East National Highway, Washington IN 47501
Phone: 812-254-4780,ext.3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed weekends and holidays
To provide educational, technical and financial assistance to all Daviess County residents in order to maintain a clean and wholesome environment in which to work and live.
What's a CISMA, you ask? CISMA stands for Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. CISMAs are grassroots organizations that are formed to tackle invasive species at the local level. They can help partners to prioritize invasive management, cross landownership boundaries to survey and control invasive plants, and provide local education and outreach on invasive species. A group of concerned citizens has met to begin the process of making this group a reality. If you are interested in learning more, fill out our survey here. The next planning meeting will take place at the West Boggs Park activity center in Loogootee on May 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM.
The Daviess County SWCD, in partnership with the Dubois County and Martin County SWCDs, has received a Clean Water Indiana grant to help fund the removal of invasive species plants. The newly formed Daviess, Dubois and Martin County Invasive Plants Partnership will offer a cost share program for landowners in these counties with areas of ten acres or less that need control. To apply for this program, contact the Daviess County SWCD, 812-254-4780, ext. 3. Click this link for the cost share application.
Here is a list of plants that are considered as invasive: Indiana Invasive Plant List
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a federal-state conservation program designed to help alleviate some of the concerns of nonpoint source pollution by restoring buffers and wetlands to improve water quality. CREP participants receive financial incentives and maintain ownership rights to enrolled land. See the flyer below for more information.
It's April, and the plants in the rain garden are waking up after a long, cold winter. Spring seems to be 'springing' more slowly than last year, as many of the plants in the rain garden are smaller than they were at this time last year. Plant debris was cleaned out and trimmed back where necessary. Some weeds were pulled, and a few day lilies were added at the top of the garden to fill in a blank space. While not native, day lilies are common here and are hardy & low maintenance. A small clump of Black-eyed Susan was also planted to replace the one that died. Now we wait (patiently?) for the many beautiful blooms, bees and butterflies that will grace the garden through the spring, summer and fall!
The Daviess County SWCD and the City of Washington's Stormwater Department are offering 60-gallon rain barrels for sale at a special price! Barrels are $48.00 + IN sales tax. Contact the SWCD if you are interested in purchasing a rain barrel, or print out the order form and mail it with your payment. One barrel per family at this price - Daviess County residents only please!
Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners can now do business with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through an online portal. With the launch of the Conservation Client Gateway, producers will have the ability to work with conservation planners online to access Farm Bill programs, request assistance, and track payments for their conservation activities. The Conservation Client Gateway is secure and is entirely voluntary, giving producers a choice between conducting business online or traveling to the USDA Service Center. To learn more, visit: www.nrcs.usda.gov/clientgateway
...But didn't know who to ask! Whether you have owned your land for a lifetime, or are a new Indiana landowner, you may have questions when it comes to land use and conservation. This is a quick guide for who to call and where to look when you have questions about natural resources and conservation on your land in Indiana.