October 26, 2010 by staff 

Nbc4i, Toward commemorate 66 years of assisting local landowners with conservation issues, Soil and Water Conservation District Muskingum recently hosted “The beauty of nature,” its 2010 annual meeting.

The soil of Ohio and Water Commission has elected a supervisor MSWCD, Lance Deal, for a term of three years starting January 1. Deal serves as chairman and is a farmer near Chandlersville.

The Conservation of Agricultural Resources has been awarded to Francis and Shirley Steffee. The Steffee worked with MSWCD to implement many conservation practices on their farm, including the evolution of spring, drainage, grassed waterways and paddocks for grazing.

Award conservation of non-farm was presented at Friendly Hills Grange Camp for the work they have done on the camp and educational opportunities offered to the community.

Educator of the Year 2010 “was given to Shane Boal (Tri-Valley Middle School) and Karin Kopchak (Zane Grey Basic).

Over 75 applications were received in two divisions, youth and adults for the 2010 Competition of rights. Each division had two categories: “. The beauty of wildlife” “Beautiful Backyards” Winners and adults were Phillip Bohn (backyard) and Chriss Miller (wildlife). The winners were young Brittany Van Fossen (backyard) and Meghan Anderson (wildlife). The winning photos can be found at

The highlight of the day was guest speaker Columbus meteorologist Jym Ganahl NBC4i. Ganahl entertained the crowd with stories of the calls it receives and weather folklore.

For more information on the events of this or future, call the office MSWCD.

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