Ross County — The Ross Soil and Water Conservation District held their annual meeting recently. Aside from a panel discussion on where our water comes from and what’s being done to protect water quality, they handed out two awards.
The district’s cooperator of the year is Clarksburg farmer Zach Zurmehly, who was recognized for the numerous conservation practices on his farm.
Bob Neal, administrator of the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District, says Zurmehly went beyond subsidized conservation where the federal government pays for certain practices. Neal said Zurmehly simply has been a good steward of the land.
Tar Hollow State Park Naturalist Amy Fitton was recognized for her wildlife and environmental education programs in what may be the district’s first “Educator of the Year” award.
Neal said the district is proud of their expanding outreach and education activities, and Fitton is responsible for eduction events at all three state parks in Ross County. He said they work with her every May on wildlife presentations to school students.
In the below video interview, Neal gives a summary of what the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District does and of their annual meeting September 7th. Find the previous article on the Scioto Post.