MACD News Blog

MACD Honors Michigan Legislators during November Convention

Monday, November 25, 2013

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.

Happy Lake Superior Day

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sunday July 21st is Lake Superior Day! Developed to highlight the beauty and regional significance of the world's  largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior day has been celebrated around the basin since the early 1990's. Celebrations and events to highlight the lake and express appreciation for the many benefits it provides are planned around the basin on this special day.

Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area and holds 10% of the world's fresh surface water. An ecological gem, Lake Superior is managed through a binational agreement involving Canada and the United States, Province of Ontario and the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

With a shoreline length of 1,826 miles, Lake Superior is about 10,000 years old and is a relative newcomer in geological time. It is a wild, beautiful lake that is a strong economic engine for the region and draws tourists, recreational users to its shores.

A true treasure, Lake Superior faces environmental challenges including aquatic invasive species, pollution from the watersheds draining into the lake and toxic contaminants in fish and wildlife that make Lake Superior their home. Michigan is a leader in protecting and restoring the lake and has utilized various funding sources, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Michigan's Coastal Zone Management Program to address challenges to the lake. Michigan Conservation Districts are integral to this work and are very active in the protection, restoration and monitoring of the natural assets associated with Lake Superior. By working to address resource concerns, restore habitats, develop and implement watershed management plans, address invasive species issues, and provide education to land owners, Conservation Districts are the grass roots "boots on the ground" that help Michigan to protect and restore this treasure of a lake.

To learn more about Michigan's Upper Peninsula Conservation Districts, visit the Local Districts page and click on the county you are interested in to link to the local Conservation District's website.  To learn more about Lake Superior, visit the Minnesota Sea Grant Superior Facts Web Page and the Michigan DEQ Office of the Great Lakes Web Page.   To learn more about Lake Superior Day events, visit the Lake Superior Binational Forum at

2013 Summer Region Meetings

Monday, July 15, 2013

MACD Summer Region Meetings are coming to a location near you! 

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts has ten regions within the state and during the summer months, each region comes together for a casual and informative meeting to network and discuss local, regional and state level activities and issues.  

Hosted by a Conservation District within the region, these meetings also provide the opportunity for the host to have the meeting at a location that highlights a special aspect of their county.  The meetings are informative and fun - providing attendees with the opportunity to engage with peers and see more of our beautiful State.  

Conservation District board, staff and partners are invited to attend!

MACD Summer Region Meeting Schedule

Region 1 & 2 - Tuesday, August 13.  Host:  Delta CD
Region 3 - Wednesday, July 31. Host: Grand Traverse CD
Region 4 - Friday, August 2.  Host:  Newaygo CD
Region 5 - Friday, July 26.  Host:  Alcona CD
Region 6 - Tuesday, August 20.  Host: Saginaw CD
Region 7 - Tuesday, August 6.  Host: Muskegon CD
Region 8 - Wednesday, July 24.  Host:  Branch CD
Region 9 - Tuesday, July 30.  Host:  Sanilac CD
Region 10 - Tuesday, July 9.  Host:  Wayne CD 

For more information on region meeting specifics and contact information for more information, visit Region Meeting page.  To view the regions, check out the Region Map.

USDA-NRCS Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring Initiative

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking for farmers to participate in an initiative to monitor the effectiveness of conservation practices at improving water quality. 

The Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring Initiative is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Farmers in the Hayworth Creek, Kearsley-Swartz and Mid-Shiawassee River watersheds are eligible to apply for the initiative. The watersheds are located primarily in Clinton, Genesee, Oakland and Shiawassee counties with a small portion in Lapeer County.

Farmers within these three Michigan watersheds are eligible to apply for the initiative until June 14, 2013.

Applications for the program will be ranked competitively on a nation-wide basis. Successful applicants will receive financial assistance to monitor water runoff from enrolled land. The information gathered will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices, such as cover crops and filter strips, at reducing the amount of sediment and nutrients entering surface water.

For more information about the initiative and how to apply for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, contact your local Conservation District and NRCS field office or go online to