MACD Awards


The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations. This year, the awards were presented at the 2017 MACD Awards Banquet held on November 2 during the MACD Fall Convention. 

Award recipients were chosen from the nominations received from Michigan Conservation Districts and partners.  

Director of the Year Award 

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) honored Patrick Costello, Chairman of the Oakland Conservation District with the 2017 Director of the Year Award.

The Director of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a Conservation District director; one who has provided strong leadership, advocacy and promotion of conservation practices within the community. "Patrick Costello exemplifies the qualities of an engaged leader," said Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director. "Patrick is a very active director, working diligently to build the District's programs and partnerships to provide quality natural resource programs and services to the citizens of Oakland County.  Full Press Release





Friend of Conservation Award

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) honored Shelby Burlew, Michigan State University Extension Livestock Environmental Educator with the 2017 Friend of Conservation Year Award in honor of her outstanding contributions to the conservation of our natural resources in Michigan. 

"MACD is pleased to honor the Shelby Burlew with the 2017 Friend of Conservation Award," said Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director. "Shelby has a great understanding of the important role of Conservation Districts in the delivery of conservation programs to farmers and landowners, including the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). She is a strong partner and collaborator with Conservation Districts and is a true champion for conservation in Michigan."  Full Press Release








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