Outdoors briefs, Jan.31

NWTF honors local officer

The Ohio chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has honored Seneca County state wildlife officer Matthew Leibengood with its state Officer of the Year Award.

Leibengood has been serving Ohioans as a wildlife officer since 2005.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, Leibengood was awarded the honor based on his law enforcement record and his dedication to protecting fish and wildlife resources.

Gypsy moth open houses set

Hancock and Wyandot counties are among four locations for meetings about upcoming gypsy moth treatment in northwest Ohio by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

A meeting in Hancock County is set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Delaware Township Hall, 601 S. Main St., Mt. Blanchard, and in Wyandot County 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Upper Sandusky City Hall, 119 N. 7th St., Upper Sandusky.

Aerial treatments are planned in early spring to slow the spread of the destructive insect.

Open houses in treatment areas are to offer attendees an opportunity to speak with people working on the program, learn about the pest and view maps of treatment areas.

For more information, visit

Soil health workshop planned

Sandusky River Watershed Coalition has planned a Soil Health Workshop 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Crawford County Courthouse Lower Level Conference Room, 112 E. Mansfield St., Bucyrus.

The event, presented by Jim Hoorman, OSU Extension educator, Putnam County, is open to anyone interested in learning about improving soil health.

Planned topics include ecological farming practices, soil ecology and nutrient recycling, using cover crops to adapt to extreme weather, biology of soil compaction, soil demonstrations, economics of cover crops, using the cover crop selector tool, raising homegrown nitrogen, using grasses and brassica and using cover crops in a crop rotation.

Registration fee of $15 helps to cover a portion of the workshop cost.

Registration is requested by Feb. 7 by calling (419) 334-5016.

Watershed asks farmers’ help

Crop producers in the Sandusky River watershed are needed to help assess the benefits of best management practices to reduce nutrient losses and improve soil health.

Two informational meetings are to take place Feb. 25. A morning session is scheduled for 8:30-10:30 at Mohawk Community Center, 295 SR 231, Sycamore, and an evening session is set for 6-8 p.m. at WSOS Brady Building, first floor conference room, 219 S. Front St., Fremont.

Farmers are to work with a district technician to help conduct studies and test a web-based modeling program to help evaluate BMPs.

For more information, call Cindy Brookes at (419) 334-5016.

Tree packet program begun

Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District is selling trees designed to meet a need for small numbers of seedlings

for erosion control, windbreaks, reforestation, wildlife benefits and for the environment.

The district ordered a specific number of each variety of seedlings, so prompt ordering is recommended to receive a requested species.

The deadline to order is April 4, and order forms are available at or at the office, 3140 S. SR 100, Suite D.

For more information, call (419) 447-7073.

Wildlife conference coming

The 30th annual Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 12 is to highlight some of Ohio’s conservation success stories that often occur in the unlikeliest places.

“Superheroes Among Us” is to

recognize and explore some of Ohio’s wildlife while recognizing those who work to preserve and understand these creatures.

Keynote speaker is photographer and author David FitzSimmons from Bellville. His presentation is titled, “The Superpower of Wildlife Photography.” Other topics to be discussed include citizen science and barn owls, range expansion of Ohio’s fish, volunteers enhancing cavity-nesting bird populations, the American woodcock, the influence of taxidermy on museum collections, aerial wildlife surveys and strategic trail camera placement.

The conference is to take place at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus.

Registration before Feb. 26 costs $25, and the cost is $35 after that. A reduced-price student registration is available for $10.

Go to to learn more.

– Compiled by Vicki Johnson, A-T staff writer.