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Coles County Soil & Water Conservation District

Do good fences really make good neighbors?

When driving along a road in central Illinois farm country, if I see a ditch that’s been disked and planted right to the bottom it makes me a little sad… was fitting in that extra row of corn really worth…
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Coles County loses long-time conservation figure

Roland “Rollie” Spaniol, age 86, went to his Heavenly Home on Feb. 7, 2018. Rollie & his wife Lois moved their family to Charleston in 1960. After retiring from teaching at Eastern Illinois University in 1989, he became active in…
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Education Updates

Spring is a busy time of year for Terina Coffey, Coles Co. SWCD’s Education Co-ordinator. She’s been traveling around to local elementary schools educating students on environmental topics. One of her most popular programs is the Lorax Project, in which…
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Burning seminar held in Hutton

A prescribed burn seminar was held at the Hutton Fire Department on March 24th. Despite the cold, rainy weather, over 35 attendees learned about the benefits of native prairie and wildflower ‘pollinator’ habitats, pre-scribed burning as a management tool for…
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2018 Director Election Results

The annual election for Coles County SWCD Directors was held on February 8th. This year there were 3 positions to be filled. After all of the ballots were counted, the Coles Co. SWCD’s 2018 Board of Directors consists of Bill…
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District Announces 2017 Conservation Farmer of the Year

Congratulations to the Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2017 Conservation Farmer of the Year: Dalane Allenbaugh of Allenbaugh Farms! Dalane is a Coles County native. He grew up in rural Mattoon, and started farming with his father, Duane.…
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Photo Contest Deadline Approaching

Entries for the Coles County SWCD conservation photo contest must be received by March 9th to be considered for this year’s contest. In addition to the chance to win at the local level, photos will be entered in the statewide…
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Sponsors sought for Arbor Day seedlings

We are gearing up to teach Coles County’s third graders all about trees this Arbor Day! Every third grade classroom that we visit will be presented with the history of Arbor Day, a discussion of the importance of trees, and…
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