Understanding Michigan Conservation Districts

Conservation Districts are locally controlled subdivisions of state government, created by concerned landowners, and administered by a publicly elected board of directors to promote the wise use and management of natural resources.

The Calhoun Conservation District (CCD), in cooperation with the Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) and the Farm Services Agency (FSA) work together in the USDA office building located in Marshall, Michiigan to provide local coordination for federal, state, and conservation and land/water management programs.  Technical assistance and cost-share programs exist to individuals who seek to sustain and preserve their properties. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Resource Development (MDARD) provides guidance and oversight to Conservation Districts, serving as a partner in many capacities. 

Locally the CCD plans and organizes a spring tree seedling sale in April  for landowners to plant for wildlife habitat development, windbreaks, reforestation, and establish rain gardens.  A morning nature camp for children is held during July at a nearby nature preserve, and coordination of a no-til drill for planting of native grasses and wildflowers for the good of the birds, bees, and butterflies are among the programs available to the public. 

CCD stays involved with environmental concerns such as  agriculture and urban erosion, sediment control, water quality protection, and wetland protection.  Forest management, fish and wildlife habitat, and other natural resource issues have been studied in the past.  Presently, CCD has an impressive drain restoration project underway to transform a drain into a stream by connecting natural waterways to the natural state.