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!

MAEAP Technician Position

Ionia Conservation District MAEAP Technician

The Ionia Conservation District, located in Ionia, Michigan is seeking a full-time Michigan Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician.  The MAEAP Technician is responsible for delivering on-farm technical assistance in Ionia and Barry County, Michigan.  This includes conducting farm-specific risk assessments; coordinating local, state, and federal agency resources to help farmers reduce environmental risks; and assisting farmers in making progress toward MAEAP verification.  The MAEAP Technician is also responsible for collaborating with Conservation District staff to promote MAEAP and educate diverse audiences on the importance of sustainable agriculture in the Ionia and Barry County region.

Application Deadline: 4:00pm EST, Monday, August 24, 2015.  Please email completed resume, cover letter and three references stating your suitability for the position based on required knowledge and skills to Melissa Eldridge, District Manager, Ionia Conservation District, at  Questions regarding the position please call, 616-527-2620 ex 101.

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

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

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

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

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