MACD Partners

Governmental Partners

Michigan Conservation Districts work closely with a number of local, state and federal agencies, as well as with local groups and organizations.

In particular, Michigan Conservation Districts work closely with the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation District (USDA-NRCS). Conservation Districts are the locally based partner in the powerful and unique local, state and federal partnership with MDA and USDA-NRCS. This partnership delivers outstanding programs and cost share opportunities to land owners and users throughout Michigan.

As a legal subdivision of state government, Michigan Conservation Districts work closely with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and USDA-NRCS. MDARD helps Districts administer the Michigan Agriculture Environment Assurance Program, the Conservation Technical Assistance Initiative, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, and other programs. The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service works through Districts, providing soil conservationists and other natural resource specialists, Farm Bill programs, as well as office space for the local district organizations.

Districts also work closely with other governmental entities including USDA Farm Services Agency, USDA Rural Development, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and county and township governmental units.

Links to our governmental partners:

Michigan Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation District USDA Farm Services Agency USDA Forest Service USDA Rural Development Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Non-Governmental Partners

The National Association of Conservation Districts

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America's 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States.

NACD's mission is to serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation.

For more information, visit the NACD website.


The Michigan Association of Conservation District Employees

MACD Employees

Mission: To provide leadership and service to Conservation District employees in their continuous professional development, thereby strengthening and uniting Michigan Conservation Districts.

For more information, visit the MACDE website.


Districts also work closely with a host of local, regional and state associations and organizations.  The list below highlights just a few of our many partners!

Michigan Farm Bureau

Michigan Pheasants Forever

Upper Peninsula Sportsman's Alliance

Resource Conservation Development Councils

Michigan Association of Counties

Michigan Township Association

Michigan Forest Association

Michigan State University Extension