|Nicki Kale, District
Administrator presenting award to Ronald Dyal
Ronald Dyal along with David and Barbara Knepper were recognized by the Wood County Soil and Water
Conservation District with the CREP award at the annual meeting held Sept. 10. Although Dyal was not
present, he was later presented his award.
CREP, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, is a voluntary program that helps agricultural
producers protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and
safeguard ground and surface water. These conservation practices will target environmentally sensitive
areas in the Lake Erie Watershed to reduce sediments and nutrients, prevent water pollution, minimize
the risk of flooding, and enhance wildlife habitat.
Wood County is one of 27 counties involved in the partner ship which involves people at the federal and
state levels along with private enterprise.
Lake Erie CREP will provide an estimated $220 million in conservation funding through a partnership
involving USDA’s Farm Service Agency, National Resource Conservation Service, the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources, soil and water conservation districts, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, Ducks
Unlimited, and other local organizations.
Currently, 35,500 acres are enrolled in the program. In Wood County organizers have established close to
3,000 acres of CREP practices with more than 800 producers like Dyal and the Kneppers.
|Bernard Scott, Board Supervisors
presenting to Barbara and David Knepper.