MACD News Blog

Michigan Conservation Districts Participate in Grand Vision Community Conversation

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau Conservation Districts will take part in the Natural Resources Network of the Grand Vision event on February 23rd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Oleson Center in Traverse City.  The even will feature a panel discussion and a community conversation to discuss how the region's natural resource help drive the region's prosperity.  Learn More

Shorelines and Shallows Conference

Monday, February 21, 2011

MACD is pleased to be a sponsor of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership's 2011 Conference "Shoreline and Shallows -  Modern Lakeshore Revitalization".  The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

Jackson's Grand River Environmental Action Team Wins Award

Monday, January 10, 2011

East Lansing, Michigan. For an exceptional year of conservation efforts, the Grand River Environmental Action Team (GREAT) was selected 2010 "Friend of Conservation" by the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD). Every year an individual or organization in Michigan is bestowed this award. This year the Jackson County Conservation District nominated GREAT for consideration.

The “Friend of Conservation” honor is based upon demonstrated contributions to: 1) improving the public’s understanding of natural resources conservation, 2) partnering with a local Conservation District on resource management projects, and 3) furthering the mission of Michigan’s Conservation Districts to help citizens conserve their lands and the State’s resources by working for a cleaner, healthier, and economically stronger Michigan.

In nominating GREAT, the Jackson County Conservation District noted that, in 2010: "GREAT hosted its 100th free public paddle event, held another hugely successful volunteer river cleanup, and dedicated over 200 hours of hard labor in clearing the headwaters for the Grand River Expedition."

GREAT’s Vice President, Kenny Price, and membership secretary, Jim Seitz, accepted the "Friend of Conservation" award from Cecilia Govrik from the Jackson County Conservation District who presented it at MACD's annual convention on December 16.

GREAT president Jonathan Hoover stated: “I can say that it's an honor to be GREAT Board President this year. Much has been accomplished by members of a hard working, talented and conscientious Board.  I couldn't be more proud of the contributions made this year by our Board and by our membership.”

The Jackson County Conservation District and GREAT have successfully worked together for more than two decades. GREAT was founded in 1990 to protect and preserve the resources of the Grand River Watershed.
To learn more about the Grand River Environmental Action Team, visit G.R.E.A.T and to learn more about the Jackson County Conservation District, visit their website here.
Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of Michigan Conservation Districts and works to strengthen Districts through leadership, information and representation at the state level.  
Michigan’s 79 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.

MACD Convention Held

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The MACD Convention was held on December 15 - 17 in Mt. Pleasant, MI.  It was a great event, with districts and partner organizations attending from all over Michigan. 

Visit the MACD website convention page for award, sponsor, exhibitor and presentation information.  Presentations and supporting materials are posted, with additional files posted throughout January.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success!