History and Operations

The Mason-Lake Conservation District was organized in 1940 as the Mason County Soil Conservation, the 6th district in Michigan.  Later, the district was expanded to cover all of Mason County and the west half of Lake County resulting in the Mason-Lake Soil Conservation District.  Recently, the “Soil” was eliminated from the name to better reflect the broad range of District activities.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly USDA Soil Conservation Service) provides us with office space and technical expertise in exchange for clerical/office organization.  Though the District is separate from USDA, we work together to provide technical assistance to you.

The District receives a portion of their funding from the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program and the Mason and Lake County Boards of Commissioners.  We also apply for and receive various grants to be used for specific programs.  Our biggest source of funding, however, is generated through the various programs and services we offer.

The Mason-Lake Conservation Districts Board Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm.  All of our meetings are open meetings and the public is welcome to attend.  If there is a change in the schedule it will be posted here as soon as the date change is known.


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