Crawford Soil & Water Conservation District
3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419)-562-8280


    Our mission is to encourage and assist the people of Crawford County in making decisions for the wise use of our natural resources to provide a quality environment for all.

Conservation Districts are locally organized self-governing bodies chartered by the State. Through voluntary action and cooperation of landowners (and other stake holders), the District works to conserve land, water, forest, wildlife and other related resources for the benefit of all.

Supervisor Candidates

Paul Hartschuh would like to be on the board of supervisors so he can “better serve the agricultural community and to help in bettering conservation practices for the benefit of generations to come. His  conservation practices include cover crops, installation of a grass waterway and filter strips along the creek. Paul now farms on the third with his father and grandfather on about 300 acres.  He is a machinist at Carter Machine in Galion and a volunteer firefighter/EMT on Lykens and Chatfield Township  Volunteer Fire Departments.

Tim Schiefer would like to be on the board of supervisors so he can “help give input on environmental issues and assist where I can and hopefully learn a thing or two.” Tim farms and works at Hord Elevator.  His conservation practices include no-till beans, using cover crops, and grid mapping all his farms for more efficient nutrient application. He is working toward no-till corn.  Tim has served on the Holmes Township Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter and First Responder,  a 4-H Advisor for the Holmes Liberty Royal Lions and helps with special events at the Crawford Park District.  He lives in Holmes Township with his wife, Patti and their three children.



The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of Supervisors of the Soil and Water Conservation District to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. The election will take place on August 30, 2018 at the Crawford SWCD office from 7:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. and at the annual meeting held at The Pickwick Place, 1875 North Sandusky Avenue, Bucyrus, Ohio from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Residents just have to register at the door in order to receive a ballot.


Residents or landowners, firms, and corporations that own land or occupy land in the Crawford Soil and Water Conservation District and are 18 years of age and older may vote for Supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm, or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.  


Absentee Voting

Those unable to vote on August 30th may vote by absentee ballot beginning August 9th. Voting may be done in person at the Crawford Soil and Water office, 3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus Ohio; or by mail. Contact the Crawford SWCD at 419-562-8280 extension 3 if you have any questions.

        Residents submit form SEL-2 only

        Non-residents/Firm/ Corporation/LLC/Trusts submit form SEL-3 and form SEL-9 Affidavit of land ownership or occupier form

Fall 2018

Neighbor to Neighbor Conservation Series

Printable PDF Program Flyer

Hops Farm

Wednesday, August 15th at 6:00 P.M., Farm is located on Orr Rd, 1/4 mile east of Knauss Rd. in Lykens Twp

Learn how to grow, tend and harvest hops for your own home brews during this unique workshop hosted by Knauss Hops LLC.  Farm owner Glen Tooman will lead an informative workshop that will cover sourcing and purchasing  plants, preparing fields and infrastructure, growing and harvesting hops, and disease management. 

Canning Basics

Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00 P.M.,Bucyrus Public Library, Meeting Room 200 E. Mansfield St, Bucyrus  

Are you interested in learning about how to can foods at home, safely? If so, you should attend this hour-long session lead by Abby Snyder, food safety field specialist at The Ohio State University. You will learn about the different canning methods and equipment available, what foods are well-suited to food preservation, and how to minimize the risk of foodborne illness resulting from improperly canned foods. 

Wine Making

Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:00 P.M., 1110 New Washington Rd, Bloomville

This program will be led by Ed Weisenauer, who has over 40 years of experience making home made wine. This evening will cover the basic wine making ins and outs.