Ionia Conservation District
             431 Swartz Court #300
                  Ionia, MI 48846

               Tel: (616) 527-2620

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''The primary responsibility of the Ionia Conservation District is to protect our natural resources. We encourage the use of land and water within the limits of its capabilities, and encourage the treatment of each acre with the proper protection and improvement it may need.

In addition, we acquaint communities with the importance of soil and water conservation, and assist residents with conservation concerns. Through many public programs, we not only educate and serve, but do our best to make wise use of natural resources A FUN EXPERIENCE FOR ALL!

 ''Please take some time to browse through our website, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to serve.

Your Ionia Conservation District works with many state and regional programs to bring you information and resources. Some of these are depicted below, and there are many more. With the help of these agencies, we offer a host of programs throughout the year. Please visit our Programs Page to see what's on our calendar!

2016 Ionia County Conservation Photo Contest

''Do you have beautiful nature pictures that you would like to share? Enter them in the 2015 Ionia County Conservation Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes and share your nature-themed pictures with the residents of Ionia County! 

The 2016 Ionia County Conservation Photo Contest will include four photo categories:
- Families and Farm Animals 
- Natures Gifts
- Wildlife and Landscapes
- Farm Equipment Old and New

Three top winners will be selected for each category. Each first place winner will receive a $25.00 Meijer gift card, each second place winner will receive a gift certificate for $15.00 worth of native trees or wildflowers from the Ionia Conservation District and each third place winner will receive a gift certificate for $10.00 worth of native trees or wildflowers from the Ionia Conservation District.  
Winning photographs will be displayed and awarded at ICD's Annual Meeting, which will be held on March 22, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm''

Photo Contest Rules:
Entries must be submitted by 4:30 pm, March 7, 2016
Completed Entry Form (s) and Photo Release Form (s) must be sent for photo to be eligible
Photos must be taken within the State of Michigan (unless the category specifies that it be taken within Ionia County) 
Total of four photographs, one for each category, may be submitted in total
Photographs must be submitted in a digital format

Click HERE to download copies of Photograph Entry Forms, Photograph Release Forms and Model Release Forms

Click HERE to read the full list of rules and for additional information on submitting photographs

All questions regarding the 2015 Ionia County Conservation Photo Contest should be sent to the Ionia Conservation District at (616) 527-2620 ext. 101 or to

Board of Directors

The Conservation District is served by an elected Board of Directors who each serve a four year term.

Art Pelon - Chairman    (616) 761-3952

Ed Blyth - Vice Chairman

Betsy Koehnlein - Secretary/Treasurer

Pat Maurer - Member

Carolyn Lindberg - Member


Melissa Eldridge, District Manager                 (616) 527-2620 ext. 101


Ben Galbraith, MAEAP Technician               (616)-527-2620 ext. 113

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Lyons Dam Removal - proposal date extended January 27, 2016

December 10, 2015 Request for Bid 003-15: Lyons Dam Removal Please provide information on the attached bid form. Also, include a cover letter with: contact and invoicing information (address, phone, and email), and total quoted price. All sealed bids are due 1-6-16 by 4:30 pm at the Ionia Conservation District Office, 431 Swartz Ct. #300, Ionia, MI 48846. Note: A contingency of 10% more of all quantities at the same price is required in this agreement. Use the following link to view construction plans and bid forms. Extension to due date – January 27, 2016, 4:30pm. There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting 1:00pm on January 12, 2016 held at the Dam site. (meet on the west side of traffic bridge by the old Chrysler plant) Please see the link below for updated information and a new bid form.

Lyons Dam - Photo by Susan Craft