What’s Happened?

March 2021: Ottawa Conservation Election


The Ottawa Conservation District had 2 Board of Director seats up for election this year. Absentee votes were accepted until 5:00 PM on March 1, 2021. Drive through voting was offered on March 2, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. More details can be found at: ottawacd.org.

How to Vote

  1. Vote was allowed by absentee ballot in-person at the District office.
    1. Address: 16731 Ferris St, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    2. Business Hours: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
    3. Click here for additional instructions.
  2. Drive thru voting occurred on Tuesday, March 2, 2021
    1. Address: 16731 Ferris St, Grand Haven, MI 49417
    2. Click here for information.

Candidate Bios (2 seats available)

Doug Grotenrath

Doug lives in Marne with his wife of 42 years on a hobby farm. Conservation, natural resource management and the outdoors have always been part of his life. He has served on the board for 8 years (2 terms) & hopes to continue to serve.

Tim VanDyke

Tim lives in Wright township with his wife and 5 of their 7 children, on the farm Tim was raised on. He has a passion for agriculture & has been actively involved in the OCD over the past two years to learn about it’s services & what it can offer to the public. He hopes to give other farmers this same understanding.

Erik Nordman

Erik has worked in the field of natural resources management and conservation in the academic, public, and private sectors. He is currently employed as a professor of natural resources management at Grand Valley State University and teaches courses in the social dimensions of conservation.

Important Dates

  • January 19 – March 1, 2021: Receive and Return Absentee Ballot
  • March 2, 2021: District Board Elections (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) – View Google Map
  • March 2, 2021: Monthly Board Meeting (7:00 PM)

More about the OCD

The OCD is a locally controlled resource management District created by concerned landowners and administered by a publicly elected board of directors. It was organized as a local unit of State government on May 9, 1938 under Michigan Law. The District provides local coordination for many State and Federal land and water management programs, cooperates with local government units to positively influence private land management decisions, and provides management assistance to landowners in Ottawa County.