What is the Midland Conservation District?
The Midland Conservation District is one of 78 Conservation Districts in Michigan. Michigan Conservation Districts are “unique” local units of State Government, established to carry out conservation programs. Conservation Districts utilize state, federal, and private sector resources to assist people with the wise use and protection of the natural resources on their lands.
Conservation Districts continually scan the needs of their local communities, work in partnership with others involved in conservation to set local priorities, and develop action plans to solve natural resource problems. The delivery of these efforts by Conservation Districts allows citizens to manage their private lands for a cleaner, healthier Michigan.
The Midland Conservation District is governed by a locally elected, five-member Board of Directors. The Directors make decisions regarding the District’s programs and activities, and hire qualified staff. The staff provide information, technical assistance, workshops, public education, and cost-share opportunities, as well as affordable trees/shrubs to enhance wildlife and reforestation.
For more information about Michigan Conservation Districts, please visit the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts.
As early as 1935 USDA managers began to search for ways to extend conservation assistance to more farmers. They believed the solution was to establish democratically organized soil conservation districts to lead the conservation planning effort at the local level. To create a framework for cooperation, USDA drafted the Standard State Soil Conservation Districts Law, which President Roosevelt sent to the governors of all the states in 1937. The first soil conservation district was organized in the Brown Creek watershed of North Carolina on August 4, 1937. Today, there over three thousand conservation districts across the country. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/about/history/?cid=nrcs143_021392
Midland Conservation District Mission
The mission of the Midland Conservation District is to find environmentally cooperative means for land usage and sustainability by providing a gateway for information, resources and partnership.
Goals: The primary goals for the Midland Conservation District are to provide landowners with assistance and education about available financial and technical assistance and to provide general natural resources information to citizens of Midland County.
Programs: The Midland Conservation District assists landowners and managers to better manage for their conservation, wildlife and forestry goals. Our forestry and wildlife professional provides natural resource guidance and assistance to landowners in the development of private land projects. Providing technical information as well as information on existing programs and financial assistance that may be available
Board of Directors:
Karen Thurlow - Administrator District Manager
Justin Pelton- Chairman
Belinda Hoover-Brewster- Member
Calvin Wentworth - Member
Board Meeting Schedule 2016 : (Open to the Public 7 - 9 PM
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Location: USDA Office, 954 E. Isabella Rd, Midland MI. 48640-8230