MACD News Blog
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.
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.
- WLEB Phosphorus Reduction Initiative is currently accepting applications now through January 20.
- The Van Buren Conservation District Receives Grant to Reduce Pollution in Two Watersheds
- Conservation Funds Available to Michigan Farmers
- OSU Sea Grant Program and Stone Lab Win MACD Award
- Carl Druskovich Receives 2016 Friend of Conservation Award
- Farmer-Led Conservation to Get a Boost in Western Lake Erie Basin
- NRCS Seeks Applications to Restore Wetlands
- Unlock the Secrets to Soil Health
- USDA Western Lake Erie Basin Announcement
- Van Buren Conservation District Recognized