Annual NJ Conservation Poster Contest for Kids

The theme for the NJ Conservation Poster Contest has been announced: “May The Forest Be With You Always”. Entry deadline is March 7, 2024. The NJ Conservation Poster Contest is sponsored by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, the NJ Department of Agriculture and the NJ Association of Conservation Districts.

Ocean County Soil Conservation District (OCSCD) Board of Supervisors Meeting 1/18/24

The OCSCD is a subdivision of State government, organized under the New Jersey Soil Conservation Act, NJSA 4:24-1 et seq. As a public subdivision of the State, all board meetings are subject to public notice and open to public attendance.  Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, CIO: 4-18, and in … Read more

Soil Taxonomy – Classifying Soils

Did you know that soils are classified into taxonomic groups? The soil classification system is similar to the way that living organisms, including plants and animals, are classified into groups based on physical, chemical and morphological properties. Soil scientists classify soils into hierarchical taxonomic categories including order, suborder, great group, subgroup, family and series. The … Read more

Kean Students Learn About NJ Soil Erosion Control Standards

Senior Erosion Control Specialist, Ramon Mejia, and Inspector I, Ben Hayden, of Ocean County Soil Conservation District, shared their knowledge and expertise with students enrolled in Kean University’s Principles of Environmental Soil Science, at the Kean Ocean campus, in Toms River, NJ. On a field trip to several local construction sites in Ocean County, Mr. … Read more

The Important Role of Soil Organisms in a Healthy Garden

The vibrant community of soil organisms that live beneath our feet are the unsung heroes of our yards and gardens. Below the soil surface, a bustling community of soil organisms tirelessly works to maintain the vitality of the living landscape above. These tiny creatures, including bacteria, fungi, earthworms and insects, play a pivotal role in … Read more

Job Announcement: Inspector Position

Full & Part-time Inspector for Ocean County Soil Conservation District. Must have a Bachelor’s degree in environmental, natural resources or soil-related field.  Mail letter of interest and resume by 12/8/23: OCSCD, 714 Lacey Road, Forked River NJ 08731. Letters of interest and resumes can also be emailed to with “Inspector Position” in the Subject … Read more