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MWCD Receives Horizon Award from Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District

Jane Houin & Matt Thomas

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), is proud to announce that it has been honored with the prestigious Horizon Award by the Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Ashland SWCD selects a Horizon Award winner annually to recognize a pioneer in conservation in the county. The MWCD has been a long-time partner with Ashland SWCD in helping farmers and landowners implement conservation practices that make a difference in the watershed.

“For the last 90 years, MWCD has made a commitment to flood reduction, water conservation, and recreational opportunities throughout Ohio’s largest watershed,” said Jane Houin, Program Administrator for Ashland SWCD. “For Ashland County, this commitment has resulted in MWCD partnering with our conservation district on a number of projects that directly benefit farmers, landowners and residents of the county. Their cover crop cost-share program has provided cost share for over 22,000 acres of cover crops to be planted in Ashland County over the last 10 years. Ashland County’s soil and water resources would not be where they are today without the support and commitment to these resources the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District has provided to our area since 1933.”

The Horizon Award is a testament to MWCD’s commitment to preserving and improving the natural environment and supporting the farming communities in the district. MWCD is dedicated to supporting innovative conservation practices and fostering a sense of responsibility towards local ecosystems.

"We are deeply honored to receive the Horizon Award from the Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District," said Matt Thomas, MWCD’s Chief of Conservation. "This award underscores our efforts to protect the environment, promote sustainable practices, and make a positive impact on the community."

MWCD has a long history of collaborating with local organizations, educational institutions, and community members to drive environmental awareness and change. This award recognizes the commitment to working hand-in-hand with the Ashland SWCD to advance conservation initiatives within the county.

For more information about MWCD and its conservation efforts, please visit To view the Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District newsletter with the annual meeting and award winner info:


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