EAST LANSING – The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) honored Herb Smith, Chairman of the Monroe Conservation District, with the 2015 Director of the Year Award on Tuesday, October 27th. The award, presented during the MACD Annual Convention held in Bellaire, honored Herb Smith for his outstanding support, advocacy and leadership in natural resource conservation at the local level.
The Director of the Year is named annually by MACD to recognize the outstanding contributions of a Conservation District director; one who has provided strong leadership, advocacy and promotion of conservation practices within the community.
MACD is pleased to honor Herb Smith with the 2015 Director of the Year Award,” said Lori Phalen, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts. “Herb strongly supports the Monroe Conservation District and the role of Conservation Districts state-wide. He is a conservation advocate, volunteering his time and talents and holding leadership positions at the local and state levels. Herb walks the talk, implementing the conservation practices he advocates for by practicing no-till farming and maintaining buffer strips along the waterways on his farm; and achieving Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) verification for his 900 acre operation in 2013. Herb is a true steward of our environment and an integral part of Michigan’s conservation community and we are pleased to honor him with this award.”
Michigan Conservation Districts are special purpose units of government, governed by a locally elected five-member board of directors who provide leadership to the District’s activities and programs. Michigan has 78 Conservation Districts providing all 83 counties with locally-based natural resource assistance and services to help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, and economically stronger Michigan.
For more information about the work of Michigan Conservation Districts and the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, please visit www.macd.org. For more information about the Monroe Conservation District and their programs, please visit www.monroecd.org.