The Erie-Ottawa-Sandusky Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its 18th Annual Fund Raising Banquet March 14 at the Camp Perry Clubhouse.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner scheduled to be served at 6:45 p.m. Dinner will feature smoked beef brisket, roasted boneless chicken breast, side dishes and desserts. Beer and soft drinks will be provided, with a cash bar for mixed drinks. The evening will also include a live auction, silent auction and various raffles. Among the prizes are guns, a gun safe, a six-day Caribbean cruise, a three-day South Dakota pheasant hunt, a special “ladies” raffle and more.
The event is open to pre-sale ticket purchase holders only, with no ticket sales at the door. Admission is $55 for a single, which includes membership to Pheasants Forever for one year and dinner. The cost is $25 for a spouse’s dinner. Youth admission is $30, and includes a meal and a one-year youth membership to Pheasants Forever’s “Ringneck” organization.
Seating is limited to 325 people. The deadline to register is March 1. For tickets or to obtain a registration form, call Joe Uhinck, at 419-898-1595.
Got a “dirty” ditch?
In flat Northwestern Ohio, sedimentation of drainage channels and water quality are major issues. Grass filter strips, most commonly installed along streams, drainage ditches or other surface water outlets are areas of permanent vegetation.
Filter strips provide wildlife habitat and travel lanes and offer an increased safety zone for farm machinery or equipment by keeping them away from steep stream or ditch banks.
• Prevent ditch bank damage due to tillage operations or herbicide applications.
• Reduce and slow runoff and sedimentation from residential building and construction sites.
• Provide access for ditch or drainage outlet maintenance during the crop-growing season.
• Prevents soil erosion.
Filter strips should be a minimum of 10 feet wide, though 20 feet are better, said Mike Gargac, district technician/ditch maintenance with the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District. Strips should also have an established thick dense top growth and fibrous root system to trap sediment and stabilize the soil. They should be properly maintained by keeping vegetation at a minimum height of eight to 10 inches at all times. Mow only to control noxious weeds and woody vegetation after nesting season (July 15). Filter strips are not meant to look like a lawn - keep it “shaggy”
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is available and can provide some cost share for eligible landowners.
• Average payment is $130/acre.
• Minimum 20 feet filter strip up to 150 feet.
• 15 year contract.
• One time “bonus” payment offered.
• Cost share for installation.
Those interested in installing a filter strip obtaining more information on other programs, should contact Josh Gerwin or Mike Gargac at the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service, at 419-898-1595 or 419-898-6431.