We're celebrating over 75 years of being Mason and Western Lake Counties' best resource for groundwater and agricultural stewardship, forest management, wildlife habitat promotion and soil preservation.

Covid update

In response to the COVID regulations provided by DHHS and MIOSHA, our staff will largely be working from home as of November 19, 2020. We will have one staff person in the office daily to answer phones and return messages. We plan to continue field visits to farms and private properties. Staff will be wearing masks for any in-person interactions during field visits, and a six foot distance between people will be maintained. 

We can still help you with our full array of services, including signing up for programs, technical advice, purchases of books, and products. If you aren't sure who to contact, please visit our Contact Us page, call or leave a message at our office at 231-757-3707 ext. 5. We look forward to hearing from you!

2020 Volunteer of the Year Awarded to Tom Bell

The Volunteer of the Year title goes to an especially dedicated volunteer who put in the most time or launched the greatest volunteer effort for conservation

in the past year.

The 2020 Volunteer of the Year is being awarded to Tom Bell for contributing over 32 hours to projects over and above his Director duties. Tom’s approach is to just stick it out and “git-r-done” and he didn’t disappoint. Tom has been involved with the Board of Directors at the Conservation District for about a year and a half. He was appointed to an Associate Director position in 2019 for a few months prior to running for election to a four-year term in 2020. In addition to his Director duties, Tom went above and beyond in 2020 to help ensure that field projects were completed. He joined the staff in hand-seeding a steep bank along the Pere Marquette River to help control erosion issues. He also put in about 24 hours helping to carry out tree sale, and more time assisting with tree planting projects. With a shortage of helping hands in 2020, the Conservation District is very thankful that Tom was able to put in the extra time. Thank you and Congratulations, Tom!