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Join us October 6th for the Celebrate 75 Conservation Cookout!

Celebrate 75 years of conservation in Lake County at the Celebrate Conservation Cookout with featured speaker Jim McCormac.
The Celebrate 75 Conservation Cookout is Lake SWCD’s Annual Meeting, Board of Supervisor Election and celebration of our 75th year championing conservation!

The Celebrate 75 Conservation Cookout will be held at the beautiful Painesville Township Park on the Lake Erie shore on October 6th at 6 pm. Dinner will include pork, chicken, and vegetarian options with beverages from local wineries and craft breweries. Our meal and beverage partners are Western Reserve Land Conservancy and the Lake County Rod and Gun Club.

This year’s featured speaker, sponsored by Blackbrook Audubon Society, is the one-and-only Jim McCormac.
Jim worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 31 years as a botanist, and later specializing in wildlife diversity projects for the Division of Wildlife. He has authored or coauthored six books, including Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. He is a coauthor of the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II book. His book, Gardening for Moths in the Midwest, in collaboration with Chelsea Gottfried, will be released in 2022. Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and regularly publishes a natural history blog. He has written numerous articles in a variety of publications, and has delivered hundreds of presentations throughout the eastern United States. He was named 2015 Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Ohio League of Sportsmen. Jim is an avid photographer, shooting a range of natural history subjects. He has had hundreds of photos published in various forums, including the TV show Jeopardy!

His program Mysterious Moths: The Darker Side of Butterflies will be a pictorial journey into an intriguing and little known world that unfolds all around us. And how we can greatly benefit the ecosystem around us by “moth-gardening” in our yards.

While anyone can attend the Celebrate Conservation Cookout, Lake County residents are invited to guide conservation efforts in the county by voting in the special election. A ticket is not required to vote.
Please contact us with any questions
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 440-350-2730
Mail: 105 Main St., Suite B301, Painesville, Ohio 44077

2022 Backyard Conservation Sale is Live!

The 2022 Backyard Conservation Sale is underway!
Orders are due by October 21, 2022.

Ohio Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook Now for Sale

The Lake Erie Birding Trial Guidebook is a 232-page compilation of 88 popular and less well-known birding spots all along Ohio’s Lake Erie coast, from Ashtabula to Toledo.

The book also lists commonly sighted species and noteworthy rarities, park amenities, and online resources for visitors, and includes maps and travel directions. 

It is available for purchase in our office for $16 ($14.92 item price, $1.08 sales tax).

Winter/Spring 2022 CrosSection

Winter Spring 2022 Newsletter is Now Available

This issue contains information about Workshops, Plant Native and Native Pond Sales, LAEPP information, and events!

Lake SWCD is a host site for the Americorps program

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Soil and Water Conservation District Resources

NameJob TitlePhoneEmail
Information, General 440-350-2730[email protected]
Donaldson, DanDistrict Administrator440-350-2030[email protected]
Edgar, ChadResource Protection Specialist440-350-2032[email protected]
Gertz-Young, NatalieEducation/Information Coordinator440-350-2033[email protected]
Niedzialek, JohnResource Protection Specialist440-350-5860[email protected]
Ormsby, CaitlinWatershed Coordinator440-350-2049[email protected]
Orndorff, MaurineConservation Projects Coordinator440-350-5863[email protected]
Location NameAddressCityZipcodeWebsitePhone
Soil and Water Conservation District105 Main St. Building B Suite 301Painesville, OH 44077440-350-2730
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