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!


March 5, 2021: Photo Contest Deadline for Applications at 4:30pm

March 27, 2021: Tree Sale Order Deadline

April 23 & 24: Tree Sale Pick Up

We Would Like to Welcome Our Two New Employees to the Ionia Conservation District

Max Schrimpf- District Forester

Max comes to us from Ohio, where he studied at The Ohio State University. Max earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Ecosystem Science & Management. Prior to coming to central Michigan, he has experience working in multiple forestry disciplines. Max is passionate about the conservation of our natural resources and being a good environmental steward.  Max covers Montcalm, Kent and Ionia Counties. You can contact Max at or at (989) 831-4212 ext. 112

Pete Pelon- TA Soil Conservation Technician

Pete is from Ionia County. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan Technological University in Wildlife Ecology and Management. In his free time Pete enjoys hunting, fishing, and just about anything else outdoor related. Pete will cover solely Ionia County where his role will be to help producers enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). CSP is a great way for conservation minded producers to enhance conservation practices on their land.