Melanie Manion

Melanie Manion is the Natural Resources Manager for Ottawa County Parks where she manages over 7,000 acres of land, including numerous riparian areas. Previously, she worked as the Stewardship Coordinator for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan (LCWM) and 10 years as an environmental educator. At LCWM, she spearheaded the West Michigan Cluster of the Stewardship Network which evolved to the current West Michigan Conservation Network. She is the Learning and Engagement lead for this regional conservation organization.

Melanie is passionate about protecting and restoring Michigan’s beautiful natural features. She recently moved to Muskegon County with her two daughters. She is excited to explore and steward the Muskegon River with them.


B.S.: Biology and Environmental Science, Central Michigan University

M.S.: Conservation Biology, Central Michigan University