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Earth Day:  April 22, 2018

Arbor Day:  April 27, 2018


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To learn more about Michigan Conservation Districts please contact the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD):

  • Phone: 517-324-5274
  • Email: Contact the MACD Executive Director at

What is a Conservation District?

Michigan's Conservation Districts are special purpose local units of government, that utilize state, federal and private sector resources to solve today's conservation problems. The guiding philosophy of all Conservation Districts is that decisions on conservation issues should be made at the local level, by local people, with technical assistance provided by government. Created to serve as stewards of natural resources, Michigan's Conservation Districts take an ecosystem approach to conservation and protection.

Programs carried out by Conservation Districts are as diverse as the landscape in Michigan. In southern Michigan, many of the programs deal with conservation needs of the farm community, while in northern Michigan, there is more emphasis on forestry, wildlife, water quality, and recreation. Conservation Districts continue to expand into diverse areas of natural resource management, rising to meet the environmental challenges of their local communities.

Why do Conservation Districts have tree sales?

Conservation Districts host tree sales to provide landowners with high quality plant material for their conservation activities. This helps ensure that there are conservation species locally to implement conservation practices on private lands. Conservation Districts offer a wide selection of conservation species for reforestation, wind breaks, wildlife corridors, and even species selected for residential backyard habitat projects. 
Plant materials available include bare root conifers, deciduous tree and shrub seedling and transplants.

Michigan Conservation Districts encourage landowners looking for larger plant stock, such as ornamental landscape material and large potted trees and shrubs to visit their local landscape nurseries.