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What Kind of Fish Is This? The Answer Helps Measure Stream Health

Nate Schlater is sitting beside Eightmile Creek, sorting through a net full of fish that were just scooped from a live well. He pulls out a writhing silvery minnow and turns it belly-up. “See that mark on the underside of its jaw?” he asks. “It looks like a horseshoe. This is a stoneroller.” With that, .. read more

On October 11th, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

It’s Black Walnut Season at CPA

It was quiet. Too quiet. Rural Action’s Joe Barbaree and Eugene Hancock walked around the massive walnut huller at Chesterhill Produce Auction, trying to figure out why it had quit running midway through processing a large batch of black walnuts. They checked to make sure there was enough gas. After realizing there was plenty, they .. read more

On October 4th, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

This fish tale is just a bit shocking …

“There ain’t no fish in that crick. Just minnies.” That was a farmer’s response when we stopped to ask permission to sample Eightmile Creek across from his spread in Washington County, Ohio. We had gathered in Amesville early that morning for the hour ride toward Marietta, where we planned to use fish shocking to sample .. read more

On September 25th, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

Rural Action Announces the Acquisition of UpGrade Ohio

12/13/18 The Plains, OH – Rural Action is pleased to announce that UpGrade Ohio has become a part of Rural Action, increasing the organizations capacity to work in the sustainable energy sector. Upgrade formed in 2014 as a special project of the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC). Upgrade Ohio, worked in Athens and the .. read more

On December 13th, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

Rural Action Announces Debbie Phillips as new CEO

The Plains, OH – Rural Action is pleased to announce Debbie Phillips as Rural Action’s new Chief Executive Officer. She will begin her new role effective April 9, 2018. “Debbie has a strong commitment to Rural Action and to our region. She has been a forceful advocate for Rural Action in her Development Director role .. read more

On April 3rd, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

Rollin’ Old School – Dow’s Roller Rink of Nelsonville

Roger and Helen Smith have owned and operated Dow’s Rollarena for over 50 years. Originally built in 1952 by Dow McCune, it remains an active part of the regional community by providing fun on eight wheels. Located just outside Nelsonville city limits, people come from nearby villages like Chauncey and The Plains and from further .. read more

On February 13th, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

Rural Action Announces Search for New CEO

1/31/18 Rural Action Announces Search for New CEO The Plains, OH—Rural Action’s Board of Directors announced today their search for a new Chief Executive Officer to replace Michelle Decker, who leaves in March to begin her appointment as President and CEO of The Community Foundation, based in Riverside, CA. Ms. Decker has worked at Rural .. read more

On January 31st, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

Sustainable Business Social to Share Green Resources

Athens, OH – Local businesses and organizations are invited to attend the Sustainable Business Social, an informal networking event organized by Rural Action, Upgrade Ohio, and the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council. Attendees will learn what tools and resources are available to improve their sustainability and lessen their environmental impact. Representatives from Athens Impact Socially Responsible .. read more

On September 22nd, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Beer businesses give back during Ohio Brew Week

The Plains, OH – Every year, Ohio Brew Week is undoubtedly the most anticipated week for beer sales in the Athens area. This year, Eclipse Company Store Craft Beer Hall, Jackie O’s Taproom and Brewery, and Fat Head’s Brewery, teamed up with Coldwater Consulting, LLC., an environmental consulting group, to give back in support of .. read more

On August 1st, 2017, posted in: Latest News by

Tyler Bonner

Tyler Bonner grew up in Athens County and received his associates degree at Hocking College for Eco-tourism and Adventure Travel before going on to obtain his bachelors degree from the University of Idaho in Conservation Social Sciences. After traveling for a couple years around the western United States, Tyler decided to move back to Athens .. read more

On June 21st, 2017, posted in: Latest News by