Outdoor briefs, August 5

Park district seeking to fill board vacancy

Seneca County Park District is accepting applications for a board vacancy in 2019.

Board member Jim Nordholt is to leave the board because consecutive board terms are limited.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume by Sept. 17 to the attention of Judge Meyer, Probate Court, 108 Jefferson St., Suite 5102, Tiffin, OH 44883.

The park board supports the work of the park district and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Board members serve three-year terms and are eligible for reappointment.

Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about supporting the SCPD’s mission,” said Executive Director Sarah Betts.

Candidates should have professional experience with leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy or the nonprofit sector; have an understanding of and commitment to the communities served by the park district; have savvy diplomatic skills, a natural affinity for cultivating relationships, an ability for convening, facilitating, persuading, and building consensus among diverse individuals; and have personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a passion for improving the lives of SCPD’s beneficiaries.

Service on the board is volunteer, except for costs in relation to board members duties.

For more information, contact Betts at (419) 447-8091 or sbetts@senecacountyparks.com.

Rogers Lake planning family fun day Aug. 11

SYCAMORE — Family Fun Day at Rogers Lake is planned for Aug. 11.

Proceeds are to benefit improvements to the clubhouse.

Still shoots and trap shoots are set to start at 11 a.m., with meat and cash prizes.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources is conducting activities noon-5 p.m., including an inflatable BB gun range and archery trailer as well as a fishing derby for kids. Poles and instructors are provided to assist kids.

An auction is to take place 5-8 p.m. of donated items in new or slightly used condition. Donations are being accepted.

After 5 p.m., the event is BYOB. Food and beverages are to be available all day.

Straw bale house tours Aug. 12

Tours of Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are planned 2-4 p.m. Aug. 12.

Visitors also can plan ahead to reserve a home-cooked brunch Saturday and Sunday mornings using local foods from Little Portion Green for a freewill donation. The brunch includes a tour.

Reservations for brunch are available by calling Sister Jane Omlor at (567) 207-5393.

Register for farm tire recycling collection

FREMONT — The agricultural community can recycle unwanted farm tires through a collection sponsored by the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Joint Solid Waste District.

This collection is open to farm owners, operators and residents in the three-county area (including Bellevue and Fostoria residents). No dealers or agri-businesses are permitted to participate.

Advanced registration is required beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 13 and ending at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Prior to calling, know the number of tires by type/size to be recycled. When the office is contacted, a representative from the district is to provide a time for delivering tires and confirm the cost based on the quantity and diameter of tires being recycled.

It is important that participants provide proof of residency (driver’s license) at the collection site to verify registration and speed the process of generating a receipt.

Tires up to 36 inches, including implement tires, wagon tires, truck tires, skid loader tires, most front tires and four-wheeler tires, will be accepted for $1 per tire. The fee is $10 per tire for farm tires 37-60 inches and $15 for tires 61 inches and larger.

Recycled tires often become crumb rubber, a material used in artificial turf on athletic fields or become asphalt rubber used in road surfaces, tire turf used to make playground surfacing, rubber rock and tire-derived fuel for use in power plants.

Register by calling (419) 334-7222 or (888) 850-7224.

For general recycling information, visit www.recycleoss.org.

ODNR hosting first free range day at state ranges

COLUMBUS — Recreational shooters are invited to one of Ohio’s public shooting ranges Saturday during Ohio’s Free Range Day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Permits are to be waived at Division of Wildlife Class A, B and C ranges.

The day is provided through a partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation as part of a continued effort to provide opportunities for recreational shooters.

New shooters can gain hands-on experience with firearms at no charge from certified instructors noon-4 p.m., and staff members are to provide free use of equipment, ammunition and hearing and eye protection.

Ranges to be open include Deer Creek Wildlife Area, Mount Sterling; Grand River Wildlife Area, Bristolville; Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Waynesville; Woodbury Wildlife Area, Warsaw; and Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo.

State park duck blind lotteries set for Aug. 18

COLUMBUS — A lottery for more than 280 permits for hunters wishing to construct a blind to hunt ducks and geese on select Ohio State Park lakes during waterfowl hunting season is planned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

All but one of the drawings is to take place the morning of Aug. 18 at 18 state parks. Portage Lakes lottery is to be Aug. 16.

Interested applicants must appear in person at a participating state park office with proof of a 2018 Ohio hunting license, Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name and a signed 2018 federal duck stamp. Applicants younger than age of 18 are encouraged to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract and provide the required license and stamps.

Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit, and no one can apply or draw for another person. There is a $50 non-refundable permit fee for lottery winners. Most locations accept cash, check or credit card for payment, except Portage Lakes where payment is by cash (exact change) or check only. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds, and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2019.

Participating state parks include Portage Lakes and West Branch in northeast Ohio; East Harbor and Lake Loramie in northwest Ohio; Adams Lake, Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake, East Fork, Hueston Woods and Rocky Fork in southwest Ohio; Shawnee in southeast Ohio; and Alum Creek, A.W. Marion, Buck Creek, Buckeye Lake, Deer Creek, Delaware and Indian Lake in central Ohio.

For more information, call (800) WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.gov.