The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) recognized Senators Darwin Booher, Tom Casperson, Mike Green and Representative Ed McBroom on November 8, 2013 during the MACD Annual Convention held in Big Rapids. Over 200 attendees recognized these dedicated legislators for their outstanding support of natural resource conservation, Michigan’s private lands forest resource and Michigan’s Conservation Districts.
"These legislators are strong supporters of Michigan Conservation Districts and their work in delivering natural resource programs at the local level. It is our honor to recognize them for their commitment to Conservation Districts and to Michigan's private forestland resource,” said Art Pelon, President of MACD. “These legislators worked diligently toward the final passage of legislation to update the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) and create the Forestry Assistance Program, which now provides forestry assistance to private landowners through Michigan Conservation Districts."
According to Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director, over 60% of land in Michigan is owned by non-industrial private landowners and therefore the wise stewardship of this land base is critical to the healthy future of Michigan’s natural resources. The Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) is providing forestry information, education and assistance to landowners to encourage them to actively manage their forestry resource for the long term sustainability of Michigan’s forest resource.
"MACD is pleased to recognize these legislators for their support and commitment to Michigan Conservation Districts and the delivery of conservation programs such as the FAP that Conservation Districts deliver to citizens at the local level,” said Lori Phalen. "In our minds, every acre counts, and the work these legislators do on behalf of every acre in Michigan is to be commended."
The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts represents Michigan Conservation Districts at the state level by working with cooperating agencies, legislators and conservation organizations whose programs affect the care and management of Michigan's natural resources, especially on private lands.
Michigan Conservation Districts provide natural resource management services that help private land owners conserve their lands and protect our environment for a cleaner, healthier and economically stronger Michigan.