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Chapter 1 - History of the Ohio Conservation Partnership

This history has been included in an effort to educate the reader/user on the creation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Ohio, as well as the history of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil and Water Conservation (DSWC).   

The information contained herein up to the 1980s is selected text which has been excerpted from an existing document entitled Division of Soil and Water Conservation Districts written by Floyd E. Heft.  For those desiring a more inclusive account of this time period in its entirety, it is suggested that the original document be reviewed.

We would like to express our sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to former DSWC Chief Larry Vance, DSWR Chief David Hanselmann, and former DSWC Deputy Chief, Brad Ross for their contribution of historical content and review of the sections 1980 through 2012.