The Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve the natural resources and environment in Lorain County.


Agricultural Center
42110 Russia Road
Elyria, OH 44035-6813
Phone: 440.326.5800
FAX: 440.326.5807

News from Lorain SWCD


The Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is excited to announce the second annual Lorain County BIG TREE Contest! This voluntary contest will promote the beauty and benefits provided by our county’s biggest and oldest trees.

This year our featured tree species is the Red Oak and the Red Oak family. Participants can nominate what they believe might be the largest in Lorain county based on trunk circumference, crown spread, and total height.

Nomination forms must be submitted to Lorain SWCD no later than Friday, July 14th by 4:30 p.m. Please email to lparsh@loraincounty.us or submit in person or through the mail to the Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District, 42110 Russia Rd., Elyria, OH 44035.

The top three winners will be awarded gift certificates to Sliman Lumber of South Amherst. Top prize is $100.00, second place is $50.00 and third is $25.00 and will be announced at the Lorain SWCD Annual Meeting in September.

For more information, see the contest description or contact Lorain SWCD at 440-326-5800.


Who owns Lorain County? Thousands of people have a piece of it, and they are listed in the new plat book available from the Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District. The 2014 book is available for purchase for $20.00 at the Lorain SWCD office in the Agricultural Center, 42110 Russia Road in Elyria. For more information call the office at (440) 326-5800 or stop in between the hours of 8-4:30.

New this year are aerial view maps opposite the landownership map pages. The spiral bound book features township maps of Lorain County. These maps include the property boundaries for all rural parcels within the township, the name of the owner and the number of acres owned. Also, there is a handy landowner index for easy cross referencing. Due to the large number and small lot sizes, the book does not include those maps of landowners within Lorain County towns, villages and cities. That information is available to the public through the Lorain County Auditor’s office and on their website.

The new book includes a county road map and road index, a map of Ohio Indian Trails as well as municipal maps for Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Grafton, Elyria, LaGrange, Rochester, North Ridgeville, Lorain, Oberlin, Sheffield Village, Sheffield Lake, South Amherst, Kipton, Vermillion, Wellington. Information about the Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District, a Government Directory and an explanation of the public land survey system are interesting additions to the plat book.

This data is valuable to anyone with a need to know who owns land in Lorain County. Prospective or adjoining property owners, hunters, foresters, timber and petroleum industry personnel, emergency services and many others would be interested in having a copy.

This 2014 edition replaces the 2010 book. If you would like a book mailed to you, there is a $3.50 shipping fee.


August 16, 2017