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.
A deadly pathogen that affects Oak trees has been discovered in Indiana. The fungal pathogen called sudden oak death was detected in several varieties of rhododendrons being sold in what was first believed to be in about 30 stores across the state. That number has now tripled, and infested material was sent to more than 70 Walmarts and 18 Rural Kings in Indiana. More info here: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/environment/2019/05/29/sudden-oak-death-infects-more-rhododendrons-than-initially-thought/1260399001/?fbclid=IwAR1DfFXHn1Nj5ypwB66NO_W9mUyhRVk24OzhvgUw51kjAn-7IEgJ7aVKnr8
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Complete the survey by July 31 and be entered to win one of 3 prizes!
The new Daviess-Martin CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) wants to get input from residents of the two counties on their needs related to invasive plants. The CISMA is currently comprised of local, state, and federal agency personnel, Purdue Extension, master gardeners, and private landowners who are concerned about the negative impacts of invasive plants and have joined together to promote awareness and perform control measures on a larger scale. To meet these objectives, a survey has been developed to be able to prioritize the problem plants and areas. Complete the online survey or paper copies can be requested from either the Daviess or Martin County Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ offices. Anyone who completes the survey by July 31 will be entered in a drawing to win one of the following prizes: $50 gift certificate for Bobe’s Restaurant in Washington, a Good Morning Martin County book, or a West Boggs Park season pass.
Note, contact information is required to be eligible to win the prizes, but will not be added to any mailing lists unless requested by the survey-taker. Survey is available for anyone who lives or works in Daviess and/or Martin counties, and anyone who has previously taken this survey will be automatically entered into the prize drawing.
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
With ample rainfall, the plants are thriving. Plants blooming now are Purple Poppy Mallow, Blue Flag Iris, Astilbe, Fire Pinks, Columbine, Sage. The Marsh Milkweed, Culver's Root, Nodding Onion, and Asters are all growing! Be sure to stop by the rain garden often to see what's blooming!
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.