MACD News Blog

Conservation Districts Receive Wildlife Habitat Grants

Monday, October 01, 2018

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts is pleased to announce that five conservation districts received grants through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Habitat Grants. The grant program provides funding to support projects to enhance large wetland complexes, winter deer complexes, mast-producing food sources, forest openings, oak savannas and small-game habitat.

The following conservation districts will receive a portion of the over $1 million in funds available through the program:    

Allegan Conservation District, $81,300
Blue Water Conservation District, $50,700
Clinton Conservation District, $36,000
Clinton Conservation District, $32,700
Lenawee Conservation District, $17,500
Muskegon Conservation District, $36,200

More than a dozen conservation organizations, units of government, landowners and nonprofit groups were awarded a total of $1,037,600 in DNR Wildlife Habitat Grants for projects to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. 

The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program began in October 2013 and is funded with a portion of the revenue from hunting and fishing licenses sold each year. The program is cooperatively administered by the DNR’s Wildlife Division and Grants Management Section. The grant program’s main objective is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of a specific goal from the DNR Wildlife Division’s strategic plan.

Learn more about the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program at or or contact Clay Buchanan at 517-614-0918 or Chip Kosloski at 517-284-5965. 

Learn more about Michigan Conservation Districts at, or contact Lori Phalen at 517-324-5274.

MACD Supports SepticSmart Week

Friday, September 14, 2018

MACD is pleased to support SepticSmart Week.

SepticSmart Week of September 17-21, 2018, highlights the importance of septic system maintenance to protect public health, preserving our groundwater, lakes, streams and waterways, and helping home owners avoid costly repairs.

The following proclamation was signed to support this important effort:

WHEREAS, proper septic system use and routine care are vital to protecting public health, preserving our highly valued groundwater, lakes, streams and waterways, and avoiding costly repairs that can result from neglect; and

WHEREAS, Michigan Conservation Districts are the local providers of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan.

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SepticSmart program is used by Michigan Conservation Districts to educate homeowners about the need for proper septic system use and routine maintenance; and

WHEREAS, residents and the environment of Michigan benefit from properly designed, installed, operated, and maintained septic systems;

NOW THEREFORE, the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts do hereby proclaim the week of September 17-21, 2018 as SepticSmart Week. The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts and the 75 Conservation District members, urge Michigan citizens to join us in this special observance.

Art Pelon, President
Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
August 31, 2018

Allegan CD Awarded Great Lake Commission Grant

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Great Lakes Commission recently awarded the Allegan Conservation District $180,000 for the Performance-Based Agricultural Conservation Project in the Gun River Watershed.

This 3-year performance-based agricultural gran encourages implementation of new best management practices to reduce sediment loading into the Gun River Watershed. Producers/landowners will be eligible to receive reimbursement payments for the implementation of new best management practices on their land through this program. Producers and landowners who are eligible and choose to participate will receive $150.00 for every ton of sediment that is kept on their field(s) by implementing these practices. The Allegan Conservation District is utilizing an innovative program to calculate the total payment a program participant is eligible for before any contracts are signed. Producers/landowners can sign-up any time during the program, receiving yearly reimbursements respective of their enrollment and acceptance into the program.  

The Gun River watershed encompasses 73,272 acres of land that drain into the Kalamazoo River and Allegan Lake before flowing to Lake Michigan. This watershed has been significantly altered, primarily due to agricultural development which is the biggest land use in the area (48%). 

This project proposes to enroll 1,500 acres over the three-year project period, which will reduce sediment loading by an estimated 690 tons. 

For further details, contact Allegan Conservation District Executive Director Tori Harris at (269) 673-6940, ext. 5

Michigan Representatives Attend NACD Legislative Day in Washington DC

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Elaine Brown, MACD Secretary Treasurer participated in the National Association of Conservation Districts annual Spring Legislative Fly-In which took place in Washington, D.C.  on Tuesday, March 20.

The NACD Spring Legislative Fly-In was well-attended, with conservation district, state and federal agency participation from across the United States working together to promote the interests of conservation districts on Capitol Hill.

"We were pleased to be able to participate in this important event", said Art Pelon, MACD President. "Elaine is a great spokesperson, she understands the power of Conservation Districts in providing technical assistance and programs to farmers and landowners." 

Elaine attended the Fly-In with fellow Michigan representatives, Melissa Higbee, Shiawassee Conservation District Executive Director and Garry Lee, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist. The Michigan contingent met with Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Michigan's congressional members and staff, and attended NACD sponsored activities including the Congressional Reception in the evening. 

Elaine Brown, Senator Stabenow, Melissa Higbee and Garry Lee

Melissa Higbee, Elaine Brown, Senator Stabenow and Garry Lee

To learn more about this event, visit the NACD Spring Fly-In webpage