Outdoor briefs, Aug. 9

Two prairie tours scheduled

A tour of Claridon Prairie east of Marion is planned for 1-3 p.m. Sunday and a tour of Trella Romine Preserve near Green Camp is set for 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18.

Sponsored by the Marion County Historical Society, the tours are to focus on wildflower identification and the need for conservation of native species.

Claridon Prairie is a 1-mile strip along CSX Railroad and contains about 2 acres. It is a remnant of the Sandusky Plains that in pre-settlement days covered more than 200,000 acres in northern Marion County and southern Wyandot and Crawford counties.

Claridon Prairie area is accessible by walking along CR 114C on the south side of the CSX Railroad tracks east of SR 98, just north of SR 309. The tour starts at an Ohio Historical Marker erected in 1978.

Trella Romine Prairie Preserve is a mile-long strip along the abandoned Erie/Dayton Railroad right-of-way near SR 203 and 739. Donated by Trella Romine in 1996, the area contains about 2 acres and more than 80 native species.

Participants should meet at the blockhouse marker on SR 203. The tour can be driven or walked.

For more information, call (740) 387-4255.

Tractor tire collection scheduled

FREMONT – Registration is required for farmers who wish to participate in Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District’s tractor tire collection at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds’ north parking lot.

The collection is open to farm owners, operators and residents in the three-county area including Bellevue and Fostoria residents. Neither dealers nor agri-businesses may drop off tires.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Monday and ends at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Before calling, farmers should know the number of tires by type or size to be recycled. An OSS representative will provide a time to deliver tires and confirm the cost based on the quantity and diameter and height of tires being recycled.

For more information or to register, call (419) 334-7222 or (888) 850-7224.

Family fishing ponds to be stocked

COLUMBUS – Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans Monday to stock five state-owned ponds that have been designated family-friendly fishing areas for youth.

Designated youth-only fishing areas are at Sycamore State Park, west of Dayton; Delaware State Park, north of Delaware; Maumee Bay State Park, east of Toledo; Caesar Creek State Park, southwest of Xenia; and the Wildlife District Three youth fishing ponds in Akron.

Adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area, but they may assist their young anglers.

Acreage for pheasant habitat planned

COLUMBUS – Ohio landowners in select counties, including Seneca and Wyandot, are eligible to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program, which seeks to restore pheasant habitats across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

This habitat improvement program is called the Ohio Pheasant State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement, or SAFE, and 28,700 acres is expected to be established.

The program specifically targets declining pheasant and quail populations in areas of greatest impact, and the applicant may elect a contract period between 10-15 years. Pheasant SAFE allows for enrollment of whole fields.

For more information, call Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District at (419) 447-7073.

Castalia fishing lottery under way

CASTALIA – Anglers interested in learning fly fishing and practicing their skills on a half-mile section of Cold Creek at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Erie County are encouraged to enter a lottery for beginning fly-fishing clinics, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Instruction is to be 8 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m. Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11. Deadline for submitting a lottery entry is Aug. 20.

To apply, applicants must submit a postcard listing name, address and phone number. Winners may take along one guest, but the guest’s name must be listed on the postcard at the time of submission.

Postcards should be sent to ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, OH 45840.