NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION
Weslaco has been working in three areas to improve and maintain our natural resources.
Created about 25 years ago with help from the ARMY Corp of Engineers. This series of shallow ponds provides improved water control. It also creates a desirable habitat for migratory waterfowl, amphibians, and fur-bearing mammals!
Several fields have been maintained or created through Weslaco’s licensed hunting preserve, for the purpose of upland game bird hunting. Ongoing efforts are being made to improve hunting conditions and wildlife habitat. This includes elimination of invasive plant species and planting of native warm season grasses, wild flowers, and annual grain producers.
Over half of Weslaco’s 210 acres are wooded. Presently in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a conservation Plan Grant was received. This grant will provide funding to hire a professional forester to write a site specific Forest Management Plan. With the help of the Ohio Division of Wildlife and other professionals, the focus of this Forest Management Plan will be to improve wildlife habitat. Other benefits of the plan include forest management/timber harvesting and conservation practices.