About Us

History

 

What is a Soil & Water Conservation District?

A legally constituted unit of local government set up by the State Soil Conservation District Law;  established through petition of landowners and by a majority vote of county residents.  Therefore, a District is an independent subdivision of the State of Ohio, associated with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and funded by county and state taxes.  The business of the district is conducted by an elected board of five landowners who serve three-year terms without pay.  The purpose of a district is to help landowners work together and to provide technical assistance for solving soil and water conservation problems within the District boundaries.  There are 88 conservation districts in Ohio and 3,000 nationwide.

 

Medina County History

The dust storms of 1935 paved the way for the birth of the Soil Conservation Service in our Nation.  Likewise, erosion was a major concern for many citizens in the mainly agricultural Medina County.   A number of organizations saw the need for improving and maintaining the productivity of Medina County farms through proper land use and conservation practices.   As a result, on June 3, 1944, the 28th District was organized in Medina County.  The purpose of the District was to ensure that farmers, as a collective group, could secure technical assistance in applying soil and water conservation practices on the land. 

The newly elected Board of Supervisors developed a work plan that dictated special emphasis be placed on “proper land use.”  Demonstration plots were established to show good conservation and erosion control practices.  Such practices included contour strip cropping, terraces, rotations, pasture improvement, grassed waterways, forestry improvement and timber management.  Additionally, the District was largely involved in the development of conservation plans, reforestation, installation of field tiles, and even cost-share programs for the planting of multiflora rose.  (Eventually, in 1987 the state would begin a program to help landowners eliminate rose infestations).   

Throughout the years, our District has been growing and changing---along with the rest of the County.   Urbanization of the County has brought about several new issues, which our office now helps to address.  

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Mission Statement
To provide the Medina County community with education, guidance, and technical assistance that promotes the wise use of its soil and water resources. 
MOTTO
Local leadership for soil and water conservation.

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Personnel   

District Board members (supervisors) are conservation leaders elected by county residents to represent them in natural resource management  decisions made within their county.  Associate supervisors are enthusiastic citizens that officially volunteer their time to assist the Board and District.  Board and associate supervisors together guide the District staff in efforts to implement programs which address the county's soil and water resources.  Board supervisors are elected to a three-year term as public officials and serve without pay.

Board of Supervisors

Chairman

 Steve Fulton Steve, along with his father and uncle, farm 750 acres on Maple Valley Farms in Guilford Township. Together they milk 75 dairy cows, raise 75 replacement heifers, and raise 25 beef cattle per year. Throughout his thirty years of farming, several conservation practices have been utilized on the farm including field strips, no-till, chisel plowing, grassed waterways, a manure storage and utilization system, and systematic tiling. Steve also assists with maple syrup production where 1600 taps generate enough raw sap for 300-400 gallons of syrup per season. He is very active in the Farm Bureau and has been a District Board Supervisor since 1992.

 

Vice-Chairman

Celia Kruggel Celia and her husband John have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Celia has lived her whole life in Medina County and she currently helps operate the 600+ acre dairy farm in Litchfield Township were her basic duty is taking care of the calves. She is currently a trustee for Lorain Medina Rural Electric, a member of Litchfield Baptist Church, Litchfield Town Bank, Farm Bureau. She has served as an associate SWCD Board member for the past 7 years. She has been a 4-H advisor, a teacher, member of the Buckeye School Board of Education, Litchfield Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department firefighter and EMT and the Litchfield Cemetery and Park Association.

 

Secretary

William F. Jordan  Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1949, Bill moved to Chatham Township in 1973.  He and his wife Laura have two adult children, Bill and Melissa.  After earning a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Case Western Reserve University, Bill spent twenty-eight years in the commercial and electronic banking business and gained valuable experience in budgeting, planning, and administrative management.  He currently works as Director of Membership & Operations for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, a non-profit organization that works with private landowners who voluntarily wish to preserve their land. Bill is also a director of the Medina Raptor Center, Inc., a private wildlife rehabilitation facility that he operates with his wife . His hobbies and interests include gardening and landscaping, birdwatching and wildlife study, canoeing and camping, as well as woodworking. Bill previously served on the Board of Supervisors from 2002 -2004.

 

Treasurer

Justin Wolff - Justin is the 6th generation to live on the family dairy farm in York Township. Currently, there are 65 milking Holsteins on the 200 acre operation. Conservation practices include crop rotations, dry manure management, milk house waste control, tile drainage. Justin is a graduate of the Buckeye School System where he was active in the FFA program. He is member of the Medina County Farm Bureau and the Holstein Association.

 

Fiscal Agent

Zachary Albrecht Zach, a Lafayette Township resident, graduated from the Medina County Career Center’s truck and diesel program and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University Akron. He is currently employed as a heavy equipment operator with the Cleveland Metroparks and with Albrecht Trucking Company where he helps with the family farm as well as the construction and trucking divisions. His family farm utilizes several conservation practices some of which include no-till, systematic tiling, grass waterways and cover crops. Through his employment with Albrecht Trucking, he has been involved with the construction of several conservation practices. He has been a Medina County Farm Bureau Board member since 2014. He enjoys truck and tractor pulling in his spare time.

Associate Board Members   

Charles pope Hinckley Township

RON OILER Westfield Township

 

Jim Kamps – Hinckley Township

 Individuals interested in becoming an Associate Board Member should contact Jeff Van Loon

at (330) 722-9315 or via e-mail.

Beginning of Personnel

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STAFF

The office consists of 6 SWCD employees and one USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) employee.

SWCD

JEFF Van LOON, District Manager 

Responsible for implementing District programs and activities that meet the goals, objectives, and policies established by the Board of Supervisors,  including the coordination of short and long-term planning needs. He oversees the day-to-day responsibilities of District staff, the development and maintenance of the annual operating budget and related funding requests, and  technical assistance related to the District’s Urban Program.  

MARY AUNGST, Administrative Assistant

Responsible for the general office operations, including the annual tree sale program, correspondence and bookkeeping.

Jim Dieter, District Technician 

Responsible for assisting landowners with conservation practices on their property; which include erosion, drainage, wildlife, wetland, and forestry enhancement.  Additional duties include working with livestock producers and the management of manure, and assisting the County Engineer's office with their pond construction permit.

Gary Norcia, Community Coordinator

Responsible for the District's involvement in the implementation of the NDPES Phase II Storm Water Management Programs within the county as well as coordinating the Upper West Branch of the Rocky River and Upper Chippewa Creek Balanced Growth Plans. Additional duties include using Geographic Information System to map natural resources and assist with planning, website development, and technical assistance to landowners and community groups.

LINDA SCHNEIDER, Education Coordinator

Responsible for coordinating conservation education programs through presentations, tours, workshops, newsletters, and educational displays.  

Beth Schnabel, Education Specialist

Responsible for assisting Education Cordinator with conservation education programs . 

USDA-NRCS

DERRICK HARMON,  District Conservationist

Throughout Medina SWCD’s existence, USDA has provided technical assistance and shared resources in support of District programs and activities.  The District Conservationist provides Conservation Planning assistance to clients, ensures that USDA-NRCS Standards and Specifications are followed for engineering and conservation practices, and is responsible for local administration of some USDA farm and conservation programs.

Beginning of Personnel

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Employment Opportunities

No applications for positions are currently being accepted.

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Directions


From North (& East):

Travel south on Interstate 71 to the State Route 18 (Medina) Exit
Travel west on State Route 18 to River Styx Road
Travel south on River Styx Road to State Route 162 (Sharon-Copley Road)
Head west on SR 162 (be sure to follow the signs -- SR 162 jogs when you get to State Route 3). 

From SR 3 continue on SR 162 west, pass over a set of railroad tracks
Just after these tracks is our driveway (the first on the left hand side)
We are located in the first building on the left (USDA Service Center)

From the South:

Travel north on Interstate 71 to the Interstate 76/State Route 224 interchange
Head west approximately 1/4 of a mile on State Route 224 toward Lodi to Lake Road
Travel North on Lake Road, through the Village of Chippewa Lake, to State Route 162
Turn left onto State Route 162 and head west until you cross a set of railroad tracks
Our driveway is located on the left hand side, just after these tracks
We are located in the first building on the left (USDA Service Center)

From the West:

Travel east on State Route 162
The office is located approximately 1.5 miles east of State Route 42
We are on the south side of the road between the Medina County Home and a set of railroad tracks
Follow the signs to the USDA Service Center
The building is the first on the left after entering the main driveway

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