MACD News Blog

Leelanau Conservation District Receives Michigan Envirothon District of the Year Award

Friday, November 09, 2018

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and the Michigan Envirothon program honored Leelanau Conservation District with the 2018 Michigan Envirothon District of the Year Award on Tuesday, October 30th during the MACD Fall Convention held in Bellaire, MI.
 
MACD annually presents the Envirothon District of the Year Award to recognize a Conservation District that has provided outstanding  support, dedication and leadership in natural resource conservation education for Michigan's youth through the Michigan Envirothon Program.   

Michigan Envirothon is an environmental science based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format. Designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship and community involvement, the program has been helping to educate the next generation of Michigan leaders since 1994.   

"Michigan Envirothon is pleased to honor the Leelanau Conservation District with the 2018 District of the Year Award," said Angela Sandusky, Michigan EnvirothonCoordinator. "We credit the entire Leelanau staff and board members for offering their support to the program since its inception 24 years ago, and especially would like to thank them for their role in the successful completion of the 2018 program year."

Leelanau District staff and Board members provided hours of support, financially sponsoring and working directly with local teams, leading reviews at regional events and participating as volunteers throughout the 2018 State Competition held in Lake Ann.  

"I would like to specially recognize Lynn Baker, Director Leelanau CD, for answering the challenge this year for local support in preparing for the State Competition. Lynn was instrumental in providing local information for our testing and training committee and participated in several site visits to help our team create a quality experience for our students," said Sandusky. "Leelanau Conservation District staff and board members are leaders in helping move youth conservation education forward in Michigan and are a great asset to the Michigan Envirothon Program."

From left: Elaine Brown, MACD Secretary/Treasurer; Gerald Miller, MACD Vice President; Kama Ross, Leelanau CD Forester; Angela Sandusky, ME Program Coordinator; Art Pelon, MACD President and Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director.


About Michigan Envirothon 
Michigan Envirothon is an environmental education program of the MichiganAssociation of Conservation Districts. Michigan Envirothon benefits over 3,000 students, teachers and community members every year and has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of Michigan's youth, with many past participants moving on to become natural resource professionals. Every Michigan high school student is eligible to participate, and every year in Michigan teams of high school students and adult advisors come together to study the subjects of Agriculture, Aquatic Ecology, Energy, Forestry, Soils/Geology, Wildlife and a Current Environmental Issue that rotates every year. For more information visit our website www.michiganenvirothon.org



Tuscola Conservation District's Mike Day Wins High Honor

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) honored Mike Day, Secretary/Treasurer of the Tuscola Conservation District with the 2018 Director of the Year Award on Tuesday, October 30th during the MACD Fall Convention held in Bellaire, MI.
 
MACD annually presents the Director of the Year Award to recognize the outstanding contributions of a Conservation District director; one who has provided strong leadership, advocacy and promotion of conservation practices within their community. Michigan's Conservation Districts are the local providers of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our state's resources for a cleaner, healthier and economically stronger Michigan.
 
"Mike Day exemplifies the qualities of an engaged leader," said Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director. "Mike is a very active director and has been influential in developing and promoting natural resource programs and services to the citizens of Tuscola County for many years."

A long standing board member, Mike Day has been a director of the Tuscola Conservation District for 15 years. During his tenure, Mike has been a leader in the development and growth of quality programs to benefit agricultural producers, landowners and managers within the county. He is available 24-7, helping with program implementation and promotion, volunteering at various functions and through his role as Secretary/Treasurer, keeping the financial condition of the District strong. 

The Tuscola Conservation District is a special purpose unit of government, governed by a locally elected five-member board of directors who provide leadership to the District's activities and programs. The Tuscola Conservation District is committed to assisting the residents of Tuscola County with the management of our natural resources in a sustainable way through education and implementation of conservation practices. Learn more about the Tuscola Conservation District by visiting www.tuscolacd.com.


From left: Elaine Brown, MACD Secretary/Treasurer; Gerald Miller, MACD Vice President; Anne Collins, Tuscola CD Forester; Mike Boike, Tuscola CD Manager; Mike Day, Tuscola CD Secretary/Treasurer; Steve Schaub, Tuscola CD MAEAP Technician; John Bauer Tuscola CD Technician; Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director; Art Pelon, MACD President.




Jonathon Beard and Mark Coscarelli of Public Sector Consultants Receive MACD Award

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) honored Jonathon Beard and Mark Coscarelli of Public Sector Consultants with the 2018 Friend of Conservation Award on Tuesday, October 30th during the MACD Fall Convention held in Bellaire, MI.
 
MACD annually presents the Friend of Conservation Award to recognize the outstanding contributions of an individual or organization for their efforts to improve the public's understanding of natural resource conservation, for participation in conservation practices in cooperation with a Conservation District, and to further the mission of Michigan Conservation Districts. Michigan Conservation Districts are the local providers of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our state's resources for a cleaner, healthier, and economically stronger Michigan.
 
"MACD is pleased to honor Jonathon Beard and Mark Coscarelli of Public Sector Consultants with the 2018 Friend of Conservation Award," said Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director. "Jon and Mark have worked closely with the Clinton Conservation District for over a decade and have been integral to the success of the District's work within the Maple River Watershed." 

Jonathon Beard, Senior Consultant and Mark Coscarelli, Senior Policy Fellow, assisted the District to improve the health and education of citizens within the Maple River Watershed. With their help, the District has developed a targeted outreach plan for citizens and they have helped inform local public policy through work on an innovative septic system maintenance ordinance for the three-county health department region.
 
Public Sector Consultants (PSC) is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of Michigan and beyond through the development and implementation of innovative, actionable public policies. They understand the importance of Michigan's natural resource base and work with Michigan Conservation Districts across the state to improve and protect our natural resources. 


From left: Elaine Brown, MACD Secretary/Treasurer; Kelcie Sweeney, Clinton CD Executive Director; Gerald Miller, MACD Vice President; Mark Coscarelli, PSC Senior Policy Fellow; Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director; Jonathon Beard, PSC Senior Consultant; Art Pelon, MACD President and Andrea Polverento, Clinton CD Board Chair.




MACD Supports SepticSmart Week

Friday, September 14, 2018

MACD is pleased to support SepticSmart Week.

SepticSmart Week of September 17-21, 2018, highlights the importance of septic system maintenance to protect public health, preserving our groundwater, lakes, streams and waterways, and helping home owners avoid costly repairs.

The following proclamation was signed to support this important effort:

WHEREAS, proper septic system use and routine care are vital to protecting public health, preserving our highly valued groundwater, lakes, streams and waterways, and avoiding costly repairs that can result from neglect; and

WHEREAS, Michigan Conservation Districts are the local providers of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan.

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SepticSmart program is used by Michigan Conservation Districts to educate homeowners about the need for proper septic system use and routine maintenance; and

WHEREAS, residents and the environment of Michigan benefit from properly designed, installed, operated, and maintained septic systems;

NOW THEREFORE, the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts do hereby proclaim the week of September 17-21, 2018 as SepticSmart Week. The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts and the 75 Conservation District members, urge Michigan citizens to join us in this special observance.

Art Pelon, President
Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
August 31, 2018