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Outdoor briefs, March 24

Ethan Bingham is Seneca County’s new wildlife officer

COLUMBUS — Ethan Bingham, of Wauseon, is Seneca County’s new wildlife officer.

He is one of 10 new state wildlife officers from the 29th Wildlife Officer Pre-Service Training Academy sworn in March 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Graduation requirements included completing seven months of training in a multitude of law enforcement and conservation topics. Ohio’s newest wildlife officers were hired from a pool of almost 600 applicants from more than 12 states.

Wildlife officers have statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways and property. As state law enforcement officers, they contribute to public safety both in their local areas and in Ohio’s vast outdoors. Each year, Ohio’s state wildlife officers speak to hundreds of clubs and groups about conservation and wildlife programs; perform fish and wildlife surveys; and provide technical advice and instruction about hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related recreation.

The new officers work with experienced officers in their area for six months.

Other northwest Ohio counties with new officers include Michele Butler, of Sandusky, assigned to Erie County; Nathan Cass, of Galion, assigned to Crawford County; Levi Farley, of Antwerp, assigned to Paulding County; Antoinette Jolliff, of Cardington, assigned to Hancock County; and Brock Williamson, of Bucyrus, assigned to Van Wert County.

Youth fishing workshop set for Saturday morning

VFW Post 2858, 45 N. TR 91, is to host a Youth-N-Fishing workshop 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

The four-station program is a free hands-on experience sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife under its Passport to Fishing program.

The Habitat and Handling portion discusses fish habitat, pollution and proper fish handling. Knots and Rigging allows participants to learn and practice knot tying and equipment rigging. The casting portion shows children proper and safe methods for casting. And a local information session gives students and guardians information about northern Ohio lake and river public access areas.

Supplies, including practice rod/reel combos, are to be supplied.

Registration is required for youths and accompanying adults. Include the child’s name, age and sex along with the attending guardian’s name and contact information.

Registrations can be emailed to Ed Dow, lead instructor, at youthnfishing@yahoo.com.

For more information, call (419) 463-1467.

SCD tree packet ordering deadline is April 5

The deadline to order trees through Seneca Conservation District’s annual tree packet program is April 5, according to information for SCD.

Payment must accompany orders.

Seedling distribution is to take place noon-6 p.m. April 18 and 7 a.m.-noon April 19.

If there are extra trees, they are to be sold after noon April 20 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Order forms are available at www.conservesenecacounty.com or at the office, 3140 S. SR 100, Suite D.

Orders can be purchased online at conservesenecacounty.com/2019/01/2019-tree-sale or by an order form available online or at the office at 3140 S. SR 100, Suite D.

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

Izaak Walton to host youth turkey hunt lottery

Izaak Walton is hosting a youth turkey hunt April 13-14 for youths with a hunting license and turkey permit.

Participants are to be drawn from a lottery. Hunting is from ground blinds provided.

Youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. The adult does not need a hunting license.

For more information, call Gary Solomon at (419) 455-0776 before April 9.

Community garden plots available to rent at FELC

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is offering community garden plots May through October for anyone interested in growing produce.

Plots are available in sizes 20×30 feet, $100; 20×15 feet, $75; or 10×15 mini-plot, $50.

Plot fees are to be waived for those who qualify for financial assistance.

Visit www.felctiffin.org for guidelines or to download an application.

For more information, call (419) 448-7485.

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