Paulding Soil & Water Conservation
Serving Paulding County, One Person At A Time
SWCD Program(s)
News Articles
Black Swamp Nature Center
Equipment Rental
Ditch Maintenance
Supervisors & Staff
Job Opportunities
Contact Us

Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District
900 B Fairground Drive Paulding, Ohio 45879
Entrance is through the west (left) doors at the Parc Lane Building. 

What does the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District do?

Every County in Ohio has a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), which is a political subdivision of the State.  In response to conservation concerns raised as a result of the 1930's dustbowl, SWCD's were formed in the late 1940's to complement a federal government agency (now titled the Natural Resources Conservation Service).  Both local and federal agencies worked together to encourage farmers and landowners to employ practices on the land for the conservation of soil and water resources.  Today SWCDs share the common goal of conservation of natural resources on urban and rural lands.

All local government grants are matched by the state of Ohio nearly dollar to dollar to support SWCD operations, conservation programs, and resource management initiatives.  SWCD’s work closely with
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and are now under ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation. With these resources the SWCD is a vehicle for bringing local governments and residents together to address natural resource conservation challenges in urban and rural settings.


Technical assistance (design, promote, facilitate)

Equipment Rental

Education (all ages and occupations)

Local eyes and ears and “boots on the ground”


Paulding SWCD to begin collecting Milkweed Seed Pods
August 3, 2016

Milkweed is an important plant in Ohio that is crucial to the monarch butterfly. It is known as a pollinator species which provide nectar or pollen for a variety of different species. Pollinator species such as the milkweed are suffering from a major population decline across Ohio as well as the United States. With the decline in milkweed, monarch butterflies are also suffering from a decline. In an effort to increase the monarch butterfly numbers, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and other partners created the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative following a petition in 2014 to designate the monarch as an endangered or threatened species. 

As part of this initiative, milkweed seed pods will be collected with hopes in provide more milkweed plants for the monarch to utilize for its habitat. This collection will run from September 1st until October 30th and everyone is highly encouraged to collect pods from mature plants and bring them to the collection point for Paulding County. The collection point for Paulding County will be the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District located at 900 Fairground Drive Suite B, Paulding during normal business hours of 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

See the brochure and news release describing the project by clicking the links below:

News Release 

July 27, 2016

A PDF Version of the 2016-2017 Paulding SWCD Education Programming Booklet is now avaialble! This is where you will find a detailed description of each program offered.

2016-2017 Education Programming Booklet.

New Faces at Paulding SWCD!
July 20, 2016

Left to Right: Patrick Troyer (Education Specialist), Daniel Foust (Dstrict Tech/Admin Assistant), Julian Rider (Ditch Maint)

Patrick Troyer is the new Education Specialist for the district. He is a 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Plant Systems with a minor in Agribusiness and is currently working on a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima. Patrick resides in rural Oakwood on his family farm. He is more than excited to have the opportunity to teach the residents of Paulding County the importance of conserving our natural resources with presentations aligning with state education standards. For those wishing to schedule a presentation or workshop, he can be reached via email at or via phone 419-399-4771.

Daniel Foust is the new District Technician/Administrative Assistant. He is a 2005 graduate of Antwerp High School. He attended The Ohio State University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science from the College of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Daniel resides in Antwerp with his wife Amber and two children. His primary focus is to provide technical assistance and facilitate the use of grant money to area farmers. His secondary focus is to provide sustainable environmental practices to local communities and aid them in achieving financial assistance for environmentally friendly projects. For assistance or information contact Daniel at or via phone at 419-399-4771.

Julian Rider is a seasonal employee with the Ditch Maintenance department. He is a graduate of Paulding High School and will be assisting the Ditch Maintenance staff this summer season.

Introducing......the....NUT WIZARD!

Many of you maybe wondering what in the world is a nut wizard. A nut wizard is a convenient tool that will take the effort out of gathering nuts off of the ground. This tool will help you clean up your yard of fallen nuts, seeds or even apples with ease. It is even capable of retrieving golf balls or used ammunition at the shooting range. The nut wizard is easy to operate and takes little effort without the backbreaking pain of picking nuts and seeds that fall in your yard. This product is durable and comfortable to use.  It works in grass or uneven ground. It weighs around three pounds and comes with a dumper that can be placed over top of a five gallon bucket or trash can for each collection of the nuts or seeds. The nut wizard is made up of four parts. It contains a comfortable to use handle, a metal basket, a bail, and a dumper. To use this tool, aim the arch of the basket that touches the ground toward the nuts, balls, or used ammunition you would like to gather. You do not need to apply downward pressure when you use the nut wizard.  Putting pressure on the basket will cause the wires to spread apart and may damage the basket permanently. Roll the basket a complete rotation to pick up the nuts, seeds or balls, so that any object held between the wires will be put inside the basket. Twist the basket to one side or the other as needed, and remove sticks immediately to prevent damage to the basket. Experiment with how fast you roll the tool. Going too slow can cause objects to stick between the wires; going too fast could throw them out. Do not rake items into a pile before using your nut wizard tool. Do not overfill the basket; empty it before it gets completely full. Then simply use the dumper to collect your items in a trash can or bucket.  It will not only save you time but also the stress on your back. If you would like more information about the nut wizard or are interested in this item. Please visit the Paulding SWCD office at 900 B Fairground Dr. for more information or a demonstration of how the item works. 


Click HERE to find out about the latest programs and cost sharing available through Paulding SWCD!

Board Meetings

August 10, 2016
September 14, 2016
October 12, 2016
            November 17. 2016 (ANNUAL BANQUET) 
Meetings are subject to change.
Regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. at the
Parc Lane Conference Room-
900 B Fairground Drive, Paulding, Ohio.  


Other Great Things to Check Out!