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

Board of Supervisors

Will Schlechter – Chairman
Henrietta Township

Jessica Duplaga – Vice Chairman
Lagrange Township

John Hadgis – Secretary
Huntington Township

John Grills – Treasurer
Camden Township

Lawry Babitt – Member
Pittsfield Township

Associate Supervisors

Ron Baumann
Henrietta Township

John Born
Henrietta Township

Neil Breyley
Pittsfield Township

Dan Buttler
Brighton Township

John Forthofer
Pittsfield Township

David Manning
Huntington Township

Alan Pitts
Brighton Township

Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District Board members are Ohio public officials just like the governor, mayors, and township trustees. The Board of Supervisors is the governing body for the district as prescribed in the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 1515. There are five board members; must be 18 years old or older and reside in the district. Supervisor elections are held every year for a three-year term. The Board of Supervisors are dedicated local volunteers. This is not a paid position.

District Staff

Lynne Parsh – Administrative Assistant

Livia Raulinaitis – Urban Erosion & Stormwater Specialist

USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Derrick Harmon – District Conservationist for Lorain & Medina counties

Drew DeMatteo – Soil Conservationist


February 25, 2018

The Lorain SWCD Board of Supervisors meet the 4th Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Lorain SWCD office. The annual meeting is held in September. All meetings are open for public attendance. Meeting times are subject to change. Please contact the District office for times and agenda.