Event Presentations

Presentations from MACD are made available with permission from event speakers.  Presentations are sorted by event, with important sessions held long term in the Presentation Archive.  Click the links below to view.

2017 Fall Convention 2017 Summer Conference 2016 Fall Convention 2016 Summer Conference Presentation Archive


The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts hosts webinars throughout the year to provide additional training opportunities to board and staff.   Please visit the Webinar Page for more details and to view recorded events. Webinar Page LINK

Training Modules

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts provides in-person training opportunities for Conservation District board and staff members throughout the year.  Presentation and session materials from these events are posted to this web page, below the listing of the training modules. 

Additionally, MACD offers thirteen "self-taught" training modules that can be used to teach directors and staff the basic operations of Conservation Districts. The intent of these modules is to have education materials readily available to conduct "in-house" training in District offices.  These modules are especially useful when new directors are elected or new staff members are hired, and training is not immediately available.

Each module includes reference materials and notes (to help assist those conducting the training), and should take 15- 30 minutes to complete.

Conservation District Training Modules
MODULE 1: The Basics of Michigan Conservation Districts

Learn what Conservation Districts are, what they are supposed to do, and who are the people involved in getting the job done.

MODULE 2: The History & Future of Conservation Districts Learn the history of Conservation Districts, the current trends in land use, and how Districts are meeting the needs of landowners.
MODULE 3: Partners in Conservation Learn about the various agencies and organizations that assist Conservation Districts.
MODULE 4: District Director Responsibilities Learn the characteristics of successful Conservation District directors, their duties and responsibilities, and their role in personnel management.
Coming soon! Conservation District Finances Learn how Conservation Districts are funded, the importance of financial planning and budgeting, understanding financial statements, and maintaining financial controls.
MODULE 6: Michigan's Freedom of Information Act Learn the ins and out’s of Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act and why Conservation Districts must abide by it.
MODULE 7: MDA Contracts and Master Agreements Understand various contracts that Districts receive from the Michigan Department of Agriculture including the District Operation Grant.
MODULE 8: Conducting Board Meetings Learn the correct way to conduct regular and special meetings of the Conservation District Board by using parliamentary procedures and staying in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.
MODULE 9: Understanding & Developing District Policy Learn the importance of writing clear, concrete board policies.
MODULE 10: Building Legislative Relationships Learn how to keep elected officials informed about District programs and issues effecting natural resources in your community.
MODULE 11: Planning for the Future (includes the Resource Assessment, Strategic Plan, and Annual Plan of Work) Learn the importance of planning for the Districts fundamental purposes through strategic planning, resource assessments, and annual plans of work.
MODULE 12: Board Recruitment & Board Diversity Learn ideas and methods to recruit District board members that will improve the board’s responsiveness to the community they serve.
MODULE 13: Media Relations & Outreach Learn how to give the key information you need to get media coverage of District issues, projects and other activities.

2015 Annual Convention

Decontamination for Invasive Species Prevention - Kile Kucher, Wildlife Biologist MDNR

Education and Outreach for Conservation Districts - Susan Schultz, NACD Education & Stewardship Specialist

Eyes on the Forest - Deb McCullough, MSU Professor, Entomology and Forestry
Handout - Michigan Sentinel Tree Project
Handout - Exotic Forest Pests

Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) A-Syst Tool - Lora Freer, FAP Forester
Handout - FWH A-Syst Reference and Guidance Information
Handout - Checklist for MAEAP FWH Visits

How To Get Your District Noticed - Susan Schultz, NACD Education & Stewardship Specialist

How to Build Successful Relationships With Your Closest Partners - Patrice Martin
Handout - The Elements of Professional Community
Handout - Building Collaborative Relationships
Handout - Networking

How to Create the Team You Need - Patrice Martin
Handout - Building Collaborative Partnerships

How to Support an Active and Engaged Board - Patrice Martin
Handout - Governance Basics
Handout - Planning for an Engaged Board
Handout - Board Self Assessment Tool

Innovative Water & Nutrient Management by Parjana, Conservation Farmers can Grow With - Richard Baum, Director Parjana Green

Introduction to the Swine Industry Brief History, Terminology and Production System Overview - Kevin Turner
Video of Presentation coming soon!

MISGP Record Keeping and Q&A - Ryan Wheeler Terrestrial Invasive Species Biologist DNR Forest Resources and Wildlife Divisions

Oak Wilt Detection and Suppression Initiatives - Dr. Robert Heyd, Forest Health Mgmt Program Leader, DNR Forest Resources Division and AJ Campbell, FAP Forester
Handout - Oak Tree Silhouette

Prescribed Browsing in Natural Land Management - Melanie Manion, Natural Resources Manager, Ottawa County Parks
Prescribed Browsing in Natural Land Management - Cherrie Nolden, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Candidate

Qualified Forest Program: What you need to know as a land owner or program promoter - Dan Kowalski

Seepage Meter Usage for Manure Earthen Storage Structures - Rick Burns, NTH Consultants and Mike Olson, Abletech

Tile Drainage Water Quality Monitoring - Shelby Burlew, MSUE Livestock Environmental Educator and Allison Dauer, MAEAP Technician

Turn Good Ideas into Great Grant-Funded Programs - Susan Schultz, NACD Education & Stewardship Specialist

Water Words That Work - Eric Eckl, Water Words That Work
coming soon

Working with Historically underserved Communities - Sandy Penn, NRCS Outreach Coordinator
Handout - NRCS Program Payments and Acres by County

2015 Summer Conference 

Clean Boats Clean Waters - It's Not an Option, It's the Law.  Beth Clawson, MSUE

Improving Forest Health for Wildlife Resources – RCPP Project in MI, WI, and MN.  Callie Bertsch, American Bird Conservancy

Introduction to MARI.  Marilyn Thelen, MSUE
    Session Presentation
    Winter Manure Strategy Handout

Invasive Exotic Species Management.  Curt Holsinger, Chippewa Nature Center

Saginaw Bay Watershed State and Federal Activities.  Bretton Joldersma, Office of the Great Lakes

Sheep and MAEAP.  YouTube video of sheep presentation.   Ben Tirrell MAEAP Verifier and Tony Wernette, MAEAP Technician

Tree Sale Licensing and Inspection.  Micheal Philip, Plant Industry Specialist, MDARD 

Tree Sales 101: The Basics & Beyond.  Julie Spencer, Gratiot Conservation District

The Value of Volunteers, Match Value, Sweat Equity, and Goodwill - Zachary Branigan
    Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy Volunteer Materials

Van Buren CD’s Agricultural Outreach: Programs, Tools and Events.  Colleen Forestieri Van Buren Conservation District

Water Well Construction Standards.  Jim McEwan, Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife Cooperatives.  Anna Mitterling, Michigan United Conservation Clubs
    Michigan Wildlife Co ops Brochure