MACD News Blog

Conservation Districts Awarded DEQ Funding for Scrap Tire Cleanups

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wayant announced on Friday, March 14th, the grant awards for the 2014 Scrap Tire Cleanup Program.  MACD is pleased that five Conservation Districts were awarded a total of $56,500 for scrap tire cleanup days in their local communities:

Hillsdale Conservation District: $45,000

Jackson Conservation District: $12, 500

Mason-Lake Conservation District: $3,000

Missaukee Conservation District: $3,000

Ogemaw Conservation District: $3,000

Several other communities were awarded funding through the program which in 2014 will provide funding for the complete cleanup of seven scrap tire sites and 27 community cleanup days.  To learn more about the program, visit the DEQ Scrap Tire Program Page.  To learn more about the Conservation Districts that received a Scrap Tire Program grant, click on the name of the Conservation District above.

To view the grant announcement press release, click here.

MACD to Participate in Ag Day at the Capital

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ag Day at the Capitol and the Michigan Agriculture Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19th in the Capital building, downtown Lansing. And MACD will be there to showcase the work of Michigan Conservation Districts!

The event provides attendees with the opportunity to sample Michigan food products and learn more about commodities and agricultural organizations at a trade show-style Michigan agriculture "showcase" in the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Capital will be filled with displays and informational booths and will be serving legislators samples of the amazing variety of Michigan food products. The MACD Legislative Task Force will be on hand, providing a non-consumable, yet very useful notepad for legislators to take back to their offices to remind them of the work Michigan Conservation Districts do every day! 

Make sure you stop by the MACD booth during your visit to Ag Day at the Capital to learn more about Michigan Conservation Districts.

Art Pelon, MACD President Receives MAEAP Verification

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) congratulates Art Pelon, MACD President on receiving verification for his family's farm under the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Cropping System.

Art Pelon and his family live in Fenwick, and practice environmental stewardship on their farm which includes cultivated acreage in addition to 400 acres of land featuring pristine woodlands, wetlands, and stands of native prairie plantings. Art and his family are avid hunters, dedicated to providing high quality habitat for wildlife, including deer, turkey and pheasant on their Ronald Township property. Establishment and endorsement of top-quality habitat and sustainable hunting has always been a mission for Art and his family, and participating in MAEAP has been one more way for the Pelon family to show their dedication to environmental stewardship.

Standing proudly by their MAEAP sign on a cold winter day. From left: David Wood, Ionia Conservation District Watershed Coordinator; Rachel Koleda, Ionia Conservation District MEAP Technician; Keith Creagh, Department of Natural Resources Director; Stephen Shine, Pollution Prevention Manager with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Pete, Art and Michelle Pelon.

In addition to serving as the President of MACD, Art is the Chairman of the Ionia Conservation District Board, is a state director for the Michigan chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and serves as the Clerk for Ronald Township.

MAEAP is a voluntary, non-regulatory program that helps farmers prevent or minimize pollution occurring on both the farmstead and in the fields. The MAEAP cropping system focuses on nutrient application and management on cultivated fields, to ensure that crops receive the nutrients needed to grow, without adding excess nutrients to the soil or water. By voluntarily adopting best management practices on their fields, MAEAP verified farms actively do their part to reduce the amount of sediment, nutrients and chemicals impacting our water and other natural resources.

For more information on MAEAP or other conservation programs please contact your local Conservation District, and visit

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.