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!

Congratulations to the 2014 Ionia County Conservation Photo Contest Winners!

Conservation Practices First Place Winner
Conservation Practices Second Place Winner
Conservation Pracitces Third Place Winner
Kids in Nature First Place Winner
Kids in Nature Second Place Winner
Kids in Nature Third Place Winner
Wildlife First Place Winner
Wildlife Second Place Winner
Wildlife Third Place Winner
Wildlife Honorable Mention
Quirks of Nature First Place Winner
Quirks of Nature Second Place Winner

2015 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 2015 Ionia County Conservation Photo Contest will include four photo categories:
- Families on the Farm 
- Ionia's Best
- Wildlife and Water
- Farmers in the Field

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 23, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm''

Photo Contest Rules:
Entries must be submitted by 4:30 pm, March 6, 2015
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

Join Us for our 2015 Annual Meeting!

Renewable Energy-Wind, Solar, and More

Speaker:  John Sarver, Great Lakes Renewable Energy

This introductrion to renewable energy in Michigan will cover the technologies, policies, and programs of the various renewable energy sources with an emphasis on solar and wind power.  The presentation will help attendees evaluate whether solar or wind power is applicable to thier homes or farms and provide an overview of the present and potential status of renewable energy in Michigan.

March 23, 2015

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Ionia Intermediate School District
2191 Harwood Rd.
Ionia, MI 48846

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


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

Kaitlyn Kiessling, Watershed Coordinator       (616) 527-2620 ext. 118 

Jeremiah Swain, MAEAP Technician               (616)-527-2620 ext. 113

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