Public Board Meeting
May 24, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
ParGil Learning Resource Center
2335 N. State Road 9
LaGrange, IN 46761
2022 Northern Indiana Grazing Conference
The grazing conference will take place in person Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5 at the Michiana Event Center (MEC) located at 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN 46565. Click here for a registration form that includes the two day schedule and information about the speakers.
Our annual trees sales have started for spring 2022 pickup. Click here for a brochure and order form or call the office at (260) 463-3166 ext. 3 to have a brochure mailed to you.
Pasture Walk News
2022 Pasture walk schedule has been set.
Click here for the schedule.
2021 Forestry Field Day
Forestry Field Day was held August 28, 2021 at the farm of Atlee Lambright in the east part of the county. Those who attended learned how to manage woods for profit, wildlife, or in the event of storm damage. Thank you Atlee for allowing the use of your property for this event!
School Programs and Field Trips
Kindergarten thru 2nd grade
VIDEO: The Dirt on Soils: Mineral Mania and Mineral Mania Lab Sheet
SJRBC North Branch Elkhart River Streamgage Installation
The St. Joseph River Basin Commission recently completed a Flood Risk Management Plan for the North Branch of the Elkhart River. Following recommendations provided in the plan, three new streamgages have been installed within the watershed, two of which are in LaGrange County. Click here to learn more on how you can easily help with this process.
Please note our District phone number:
(260) 463-3166 x 3
ParGil Pollinator Project
In 2019 the District partnered with the LaGrange County Pheasant's Forever Chapter #592 to create a habitat at ParGil for pollinators. The Pheasant's Chapter awarded a grant to cover some of the expenses involved and the District provided the 3 acre field located in the back acreage of the 40 acre property. The field had previously been planted to warm season grass. After much planning and preparation, a specialized seed mix was frost seeded. Here are a few pictures showing the start and finished field.
March 2, 2021 June 14, 2021
The local Pheasant's Chapter #592 has since disbanned but a part of it will live on through the education and support they have provided to our community.
Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation Martin Franke put together
This year's scholarship winner is Luke Sharp, a 2018 graduate from Westview.
Luke is a senior at Oklahoma State University majoring in Animal Science.
Congratulations to Luke and best of luck in your endeavors!
The District awards up to two scholarships each year to students living in LaGrange County and furthering their education in agriculture or natural resources conservation. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, click here for an application.
The LaGrange Soil and Water District has been around since 1952. Mahlon Dunkel pioneered the way for our LaGrange County Distriction of operation. For more information on his story please visit our blog.
The LaGrange County Soil & Water Conservation District has various on going grant projects. With the amount of lakes in LaGrange County these grants are vital in making sure that the rivers are being watched over.
Donations to the LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District help the district to continue putting on education programs. Some of these programs include conservation camp for the youth as well as cover crop field days for adults.
The LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District is involved with may different educational programs, grant-related projects, and community conservation events.
We received Great Lakes Commission Grant for sediment and Nutrient Reduction in the Fawn River for $138,000.00. We plan to finish this grant in September 2021.
Great Lakes Commission Grant for conservation implementation in the North Branch of the Elkhart River for $200,000.00 is complete and the final report has been submitted.
Great Lakes Commission Grant with the Pigeon River is complete and the final report has been submitted.
Volunteer Jackie Myers helps the District with our Hoosier Riverwatch stream monitoring on Fawn River. She is looking at macroinvertebrates taken from (then replaced) in the river. The purpose of this program is to monitor the quality of water in the river. The District will be monitoring the four watersheds in LaGrange County including Fawn River, Pigeon River, Little Elkhart Creek, and Elkhart River North Branch. It is our hope in the future that schools will become involved to teach our youth the importance of water as a natural resouce.
"There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to the land."
This project was done in LaGrange County to reduce erosion, stabilize stream bank, and improve surface quality.
USDA, SWCD, AND CONSERVATION PARTNERS ARE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDERS, EMPLOYERS, AND LENDERS