This month's Staff Spotlight features Matthew Browne, Lucas SWCD's H2Ohio Technician.
How long have you worked for Lucas SWCD?
What did you do prior to joining the team at Lucas SWCD?
I am originally from Sandusky, Ohio (home of Cedar Point!) in Erie County. From there, I came to Northwest Ohio to attend BGSU and graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in Sustainable Management. After graduating, I volunteered with a Toledo non-profit that promoted urban sustainability, worked at Meijer, and was a lab technician at a flour mill before finally landing my first paying job in the conservation field with Metroparks Toledo as a seasonal Conservation Assistant. During my years with the Metroparks I helped on a wide range of projects across the park district, most notably with their nursery crew where I assisted in propagation of native plants and seeds to be used in the creation and improvement of their natural areas. Through the partnerships located at the Metropark’s Blue Creek Conservation Area & Seed Nursery, I was introduced to the Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Though my first job with a SWCD was part-time with the Sandusky County SWCD, it wasn’t long before I was able to successfully pursue a full-time opportunity at the Lucas SWCD.
What do you like most about your job?
I like that I am able to work in the field of conservation and knowing that what I do contributes to the protection and sustainable use of our natural resources. I also enjoy being able to assist in promoting conservation in general, whether it’s just offering assistance to people with questions or providing a hand in the creation of new conservation projects and programs.
What is something you want to share with our readers?
Those in the agricultural sector should keep eye out for the next version of the H2Ohio cost-share program. More details should be coming some-time in 2023.
Also, it’s never too early to start thinking and planning for Spring. Whether you’re a farmer or a home gardener, you can start planning for the future by getting your soil tested. A soil test is a great way to get an overview of the status of the nutrient levels in your soil and allow you to plan what, if any, amendments you may need for the coming year’s crop. Stop by the office or give us a call for more information on soil testing.
What is something you enjoy doing outside of work?
Much of my time outside of work is spent with my wife Emily and my daughter Eleanor. When the weather allows, you’ll find us out for a walk in a park or tending to our gardens. In colder months you’ll find us baking, playing board games, or settling down with a good book.
Stop by the office and say hi to Matthew!
To reach Matthew, email him at MBrowne@co.lucas.oh.us or call at (419) 893-1966 ext. 3# or (419) 377-0901.