Karen Thurlow | District Administrator
Born and raised in Midland county, Karen's family were vendors of the Midland Farmers market from 1958 to 2018.
Karen has been a business manager for over 40 years. A retired farmer and a beekeeper, Karen has been serving as the Administrator for the Midland Conservation District since 2015.
Karen is passionate about educating on conservation practices and youth education for conservation and agriculture.
She is certified in environmental education programs, Project Learning Tree (American Forest Foundation) and Project Wild (Michigan Department of Natural Resources).
Karen currently serves on the Coleman Agriscience Advisory Board and Land Lab Planning Committee, volunteers at Midland Community Television producing and editing shows,
She has produced over 15 Conservation Matters Shows that air on MCTV and can be viewed on the district website.
A volunteer at Dahlia Hill, she is currently serving a two year term as treasurer on the board of directors. and a member of the Chemical City Garden Club.
Karen also has a passion for history and historical places and after saving an "Old Barn" is also a member of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network.
Cassidy Tolf | Farm Bill Contract Manager
I have a passion for the outdoors and want to not only preserve them but also have a better understanding on how everything interacts with one another.
I have a Biology Major with a concentration.
of Ecology and a minor of Chemistry and graduated August 2022.
I am an executive team manager, and executive media manager for Women of the Wild LLC, assisting in educational courses (trapping, gun safety, canning, etc.) and looking forward to working with the Midland community.