Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District 

130 West Main Street * St. Clairsville, OH 43950 

Phone 740-526-0027

Mission Statement: To educate and assist present and future landowners in the wise use of our soil and water resources.

              Belmont SWCD is a new local sponsor for LAEPP -

Belmont County farmland owners are now able to participate in ODA's Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). LAEPP provides funding to farmland owners for placing an agricultural easement on their property. The purpose of this program is to preserve Ohio's farmland and ensure agricultural production within Ohio. The easement limits the use of the land to predominately agricultural use. Monies are issued up to 75% of the appraised value of a farm's development rights. Payment caps have been set at $2000.00 per acre and $500,000.00 per farm. These easement transactions are recorded on the property deed and transfer with the land to successive owners. Eligible farms must be at least 40 acres or 25 acres may be eligible but must be adjacent to already preserved land and the land must be enrolled in CAUV and the Agricultural District Program through the Auditor's office.

Applications are now being accepted, contact our Ag Technician, Samantha Hearn for more information.


Assist the USDA Wildlife Services in the surveillance of rabies:
Information on the Program
Submission Form


The Belmont County Reptile and Amphibian Survey

We need your help!

We are asking residents of Belmont County to help us identify the species and distribution of reptiles and amphibians in our county.

 Check out our Facebook page at Belmont County Reptile and Amphibian Survey.

It’s easy to participate! Simply take a couple of photos of animals you find, fill out the report form listed below, and send them to us.

Photos can be e-mailed to, printed off and mailed in, or sent to our Facebook page here

Report Form

Use the field guides listed below to help identify the amphibians and reptiles you find.

Amphibian Field Guide

Reptile Field Guide

The Belmont SWCD Board of Supervisors has approved meeting dates for 2019:

January 14, 2019

February 11, 2019

Special Meeting

March 1, 2019 5:30pm

130 West Main St St. Clairsville 43950

March 11, 2019

April 8, 2019

May 13, 2019 Cancelled

Rescheduled May 16, 2019

June 10, 2019

July 8, 2019

August 12, 2019

September 9, 2019

October 14, 2019


October 16, 2019

1pm 130 W. Main St 43950


October 21, 2019

8am 130 W. Main St 43950

November 12, 2019

December 9, 2019

All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. at 101 N Market Street St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950.

Any meeting time/day changes will be published on this site and via press release to local papers and on our Facebook page.

Click on a link below to learn more about Belmont SWCD!

Agriculture Education Forestry Urban Wildlife Captina Creek