Our Annual Meeting was held February 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting this year consisted only of presenting of the annual financial report and election/appointment of Supervisors. We are hoping to return to hosting a full meeting next year with awards, a meal, and door prizes.
Public Board Meeting
March 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
An Executive Session will be held at 5:00 prior to the public meeting to discuss financial business.
ParGil Learning Resource Center
2335 N. State Road 9
LaGrange, IN 46761
We are looking forward to the 2021 Pasture Walks. If you are interested in hosting please contact our office at (260) 463-3166 ext. 3.
Arbor Day Program
The District will be hosting an Arbor Day program on April 30, 2021 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. We will be planting living tributes in memory of Mahlon Dunkel and Larry Miller. Please join us for this event at our ParGil property located at 2335 N. State Road 9, LaGrange, IN 46761.
Forestry Field Day
The Forestry Field Day was held August 29, 2020, at Monroe and Naomi Raber's property. It was well attended and very educational. Thank you to Monroe and Naomi for hosting the event and for the wonderful meal, and Monroe Raber (landowner), Quentin Beahrs (Indiana DNR) and Tom Crowe (Indiana Forester) for the informative program on managing woods for timber and for wildlife habitat. Please contact SWCD if you would like to be added to our mailing list for this event.
Our tree sales are winding down. The last day to pre-order is March 24th but we are running out of certain species quickly so order soon. You can call the District Office to a brochure or download the attachment.
Please note our District phone number:
(260) 463-3166 x 3
Aldo Leopold week: March 5 - 14, 2021
"Considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Among his best known ideas is the “land ethic,” which calls for an ethical, caring relationship between people and nature" (taken from the Aldo Leopold Foundation website). If you would like to learn more you can visit the foundation's website at:
Join the Woodcock Watch on March 20
Get out of your chair! LaGrange County SWCD and LaGrange County Parks are hosting a Woodcock Watch on Saturday, March 20. Meet interpreters from both agencies at 7:30 p.m. at the Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station at Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Refuge (4250 E 410 N, Howe—go to E 400 N and N 390 E. Turn north and follow the road past the bridge). Learn about this unusual fowl, including its famous wobbling strut. The trip will be at dusk, so that we may see the Woodcock’s famous flight display. We will also share Aldo Leopold’s writings about this unique bird. Program is all outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Children 8 and up welcome, although at times they will need to be quiet and still. Limit 25 people. Please reserve a spot by calling 260-463-3166 ext 3.
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.
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.
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.