Did you know that maintaining a successful balance in your pond starts with picking the right species of fish who occupy it? Do you have questions on selecting the right fish for your pond, or how to cultivate the most beneficial aquatic plants? Would you like to hear from local experts, and have time to ask them your specific questions? 

pond-imageThen you need to attend the Pond Clinic hosted by the Geauga & Portage Soil and Water Conservation District and the Portage County Master Gardeners. The free clinic will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM at the Camp Asbury Lodge.

At the event, participants will learn more about the importance of fish selection and pond management. You’ll also learn about the importance of riparian buffers to pond life. Featured speakers include OSU Aquatic Ecosystems Specialist Eugene Braig, whose talk will address species selection, fish production in a recreational context, and different possible management strategies for your pond.

Since a well managed woodlot can be a key element in keeping harmful pollutants and sediment from entering your pond, the program will also highlight a new multi-community woodland management plan. Jason VanHouten, Rural Urban Interface Forester with the ODNR, will be on hand to discuss a new program designed to assist landowners in Northwest Portage County to effectively manage their wooded areas. Additional information will also be available for landowners outside this targeted area. The program will conclude with a generous question and answer period where attendees will have access to local ODNR experts, Portage and Geauga Wildlife Officers, and Portage Soil and Water Conservation District staff.

Camp Asbury Lodge is located at 10776 Asbury Road in Hiram. There is no cost to attend the Pond Clinic, but since seating is limited, registration is required. Please call Portage SWCD at (330)297-7633 to register by March 22nd. Light refreshments will be served.