LEWISBURG — On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Preble Soil and Water Conservation District hosted 44 SWCD employees from across southwest Ohio for the Area IV Technician’s Tour.
This annual tour is held in late October and rotates yearly amongst 18 counties. The purpose of the tour is to give SWCD technical staff a glimpse of the way conservation projects are carried out in neighboring counties. The Technician’s Tour often includes visits to farms, wildlife areas, factories, and places of local interest.
This year’s Technician’s Tour began with a visit to Pratt Industries in Lewisburg to learn about recycled corrugated packaging, followed by a wagon ride through the underground limestone mine on the northwest side of town that houses the largest bat colony in Ohio, including a large number of endangered Indiana bats. A buffet lunch was enjoyed at Reflections Restaurant, and afterwards, Dan Appenzellar spoke about green burial and the wildlife habitat at Preble Memory Gardens. The last stop of the day was east of West Alexandria at Fred Voge’s newly-constructed cattle facility, complete with manure storage.
Preble SWCD appreciates the help and cooperation of Pratt Industries, Lewisburg Historical Society, Inc., Preble Memory Gardens, and Fred Voge for helping to make the Technician’s Tour a success.