2020 District News

District Operations During COVID 19 Emergency - 4/7/20
posted by: Lori Cochran

District Operations During COVID 19 National Emergency

The UOCD and the NRCS offices for the district are operating; however, for the duration of the National Emergency surrounding the CORONAVIRUS, we will be minimizing face-to-face interaction, conducting business as much as possible by phone, email, or teleconference.  Below is contact information for our staff.  Please contact them by phone or email to discuss your needs before traveling to offices. The Office doors are locked, District staff are telecommuting, you must contact us for assistance.

District Manager                             Conservation Specialist

Lori Cochran                                    Jennifer Kile              

681-781-8386                                     304-590-6095

lcochran@wvca.us                         jkile@wvca.us          


District Info                                       District Chairman     

Phone: 304-758-2512                        Allen Rush                                                                  

uocd@wvca.us                                304-771.9465 


NRCS District Office                                    



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Approved AgEP - 2/20/20
posted by: Lori Cochran

Approved AgEP - 2/14/20
posted by: Lori Cochran

2020 Poster Contest - 2/10/20
posted by: Lori Cochran


The Upper Ohio Conservation District (UOCD) is participating in the Conservation Poster Contest sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts (WVACD.)  The contest is open to all school aged children in the district and prizes will be awarded in each of the following age groups:  Grades K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.  District winners are eligible to compete in the state contest and state winners will move on to the national contest.

The theme for 2020 is "Where would we BEE without Pollinators?" 

  • Judging will be based on conservation message, visual effectiveness, originality, and universal appeal. 
  • Deadline for entry in the UOCD contest is April 24, 2020
  • Poster size for Grades K-6 is a half sheet or 14" x 22".
  • Poster size for Grades 7-12 is a full sheet or 22" x 28".
  • The 2020 Stewardship title, “Where would we BEE without Pollinators?" must be on the front of the poster.  No other titles should be used.
  • Any media may be used to create a flat or two dimensional effect (paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, paper, or other materials.)  The back of each poster MUST have the student's name, grade level, teacher's name, and school. 
  • For more information about the UOCD contest, contact our office at 304-758-2512 or email uocd@wvca.us.
  • The entry form is attached.
  •  For schools or classes that have multiple entries, please contact UOCD at 304.758.2512 or email uocd@wvca.us. We will make arrangements to pick them up!
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Camp Sponsorship - 2/10/20
posted by: Lori Cochran


Junior Conservation Camp, sponsored by the WV Department of Environmental Protection, is held each year at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, WV for five days.   This year’s camp will be held June 15 - 19, 2020.

The camp is for youth between the ages of 11 and 14 and provides an opportunity for them to become knowledgeable about conservation and the environment. 

In an effort to help promote the camp and conservation among our youth, the Upper Ohio Conservation District will sponsor two students from each county in the district:  Pleasants, Tyler and Wetzel.  Sponsorship will cover the $175 cost of the camp, which includes food and lodging.  Transportation and any other costs will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian. 

If you would like to recommend a student or students to be sponsored, please email uocd@wvca.us by March 31, 2020.  Once all recommendations are received, they will be reviewed by the UOCD Board and campers will be selected.

A copy of the DEP's brochure is attached.


If you are 14-18 years old and would like to attend a conservation camp similar to the Junior Conservation Camp offered by the DEP, the West Virginia State Conservation Camp at Camp Caesar in Webster County is probably what you're looking for. Participants spend the mornings learning about the state's natural resources in a block-schedule format and enjoy afternoon activities such as archery, boating, rifle marksmanship, fishing and outdoor cooking. For more information go to: www.wvconservationcamp.com.


Upper Ohio Conservation District has sponsorship available for Camp Caesar.  If you are interested in attending, please email uocd@wvca.us to learn more.


2019 August Meeting Minutes - 2/10/20
posted by: Lori Cochran