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Brad Hill, Genesee Conservation District Board Member, Named Director of the Year by MACD

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

For his outstanding work and leadership in natural resource conservation, the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) named Brad Hill, board member of the Genesee Conservation District as the 2012 Director of the Year during the MACD Annual Convention, November 8, 2012.

"Brad has a great passion for the environment and has volunteered considerable amounts of time as a director of the Genesee Conservation District," said Angela Warren, Administrator for the Genesee Conservation District.  "Brad was instrumental in securing Great Lakes Restoration initiative funding which has greatly assisted in establishing proven conservation practices throughout the county."

Brad has long been involved in natural resource conservation at the local, regional and state levels.  He spent several years supporting and advising watershed committees in the Saginaw Bay watershed, before joining the Gen3esee Conservation District, where he has been tireless in his efforts to establish the District as a leader in environmental conservation in Genesee County.

For his tireless efforts and strong commitment to Michigan's natural resources and the work of Conservation Districts, MACD honored Brad Hill as the Director of the Year at its Convention on November 8, 2012 at the Best Western Plus - Lansing Hotel and Conference Center in Lansing.

Keith Moss, Superintendent of Utilities for the City of Charlotte, MI Named 2012 Friend of Conservation

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Keith Moss, Superintendent of Utilities for the City of Charlotte was honored with the MACD 2012 Friend of Conservation Award, during the MACD Convention.  This award recognizes an individual, business, organization or agency outside the association who partners with Conservation Districts to help Michigan citizens conserve their lands and Michigan's natural resources.

 "Keith Moss is a true friend of conservation, partnering with the Eaton Conservation District on several river restoration projects in both the Battle Creek and Thornapple River Watersheds," noted Andrea Stay, Executive Director of the Eaton Conservation District, who nominated Keith for the award.  "Keith is enthusiastic and always looking for new ways to partner and provide outreach to the community and he has been a great asset to the Conservation District and the community."

Each year, Keith donates his time to the Charlotte River Conservation Day and brings in family and friends to help make the event a success.  What started as an event of the Frontier City Flycasters Club has expanded to bring in the City of Charlotte, Eaton Conservation District, grant dollars and local sponsors.  Families, students and clubs join together to spend the day cleaning up the river, removing invasive species, planting trees and making an impact on the community.

Keith currently serves as Chair of the local Wellhead Protection Team and has worked with the local schools on multiple projects, including creating their own waste water treatment plant out of common household materials. Additionally, Keith serves as a board member for the Michigan Rural Water Association, an organization dedicated to protecting drinking water quality in Michigan through technical assistance to municipalities.

"MACD is pleased to recognize Keith for his commitment and enthusiasm for environmental stewardship and water quality," said Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director.  "Keith has and continues to make a lasting, positive impact on our environment and it is our pleasure to honor him with the Friend of Conservation Award."

For Keith's outstanding partnership and stewardship efforts, the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts honored Keith Moss with the 2012 Friend of Conservation Award on November 8th, during its Convention and Annual Meeting, a Best Western Plus - Lansing Hotel in Lansing, Michigan.

MAEAP ~ from dairy farms to u-picks!

Monday, October 08, 2012

MACD is a strong supporter and partner of the Michigan Environmental Assurance Program, Michigan's innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.  

We are pleased each year to provide an article to the Michigan Farm News that highlights MAEAP and the role Conservation Districts play in delivering MAEAP at the local level.  This year, our article is in the September issue of Michigan Farm News and focuses on the value of MAEAP to all farms, regardless of how big or small.  

Check it out:  "From dairy farms to u-picks, MAEAP has benefits for any size, any commodity farm"   (LINK)

To learn more about MAEAP, visit the MAEAP page on the MACD website


USDA Offers Conservation Assistance in Cass, Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties to Alleviate Effects of Drought

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of $75,000 in financial assistance available to help eligible crop and livestock producers in four Michigan counties cope with adverse impacts of the historic drought gripping the nation.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications from agricultural producers in Cass, Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties until Aug. 24. Financial assistance is available for producers to implement conservation practices that will help alleviate the drought’s impacts, and improve soil health and productivity.

Some practices eligible for financial assistance include cover crops, irrigation water management, prescribed grazing and livestock watering facilities. Eligible producers also can re-apply for financial assistance to re-apply failed conservation practices due to drought and modify existing contracts to re-schedule planned conservation practices.

USDA has also announced the following:

- Allowing producers to modify current EQIP contracts to allow for grazing, livestock watering, and other conservation activities to address drought conditions.
- Authorizing haying and grazing of Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easement areas in drought-affected areas where haying and grazing is consistent with conservation of wildlife habitat and wetlands.

Producers in Cass, Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph are encouraged to contact their local conservation districts and USDA-NRCS staff members in the local USDA Service Centers to learn more about this drought assistance program.

For more information, producers and landowners can visit the NRCS website at or their local USDA Service Center which houses the USDA-NRCS and the local Conservation District.

For more information and location of your local Conservation District, please visit