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Justin Brown

MAEAP Technician

Tel: 231-757-3707 ext. 109

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Returning to Northern Michigan has been on Justin Brown’s radar. Thanks to a recent job opening with the MAEAP program, that became a reality. Growing up in Bear Lake, Justin comes from an agriculture background where his grandparents, Merl and Betty Brown, started Browns Orchards. Having a passion for natural resources, Justin attended Northern Michigan University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management in 2016.

After college, Justin started as a seasonal employee with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. There he was a fisheries technician and worked a variety of different projects. Once summer season was ending, a new opportunity had arisen. Moving to Wisconsin, Justin started a full-time position with the United States Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services. He provided wildlife damage management activities and technical assistance to a wide range of cooperators including airports, large corporations, and private landowners. After nearly three years in Wisconsin, Justin then transferred with wildlife services to Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee where he assisted in creating a wildlife hazard management plan for the newly renovated airfield.

Justin is excited to be back in his home counties where he can assist his neighboring producers. During his spare time, he enjoys fishing and hunting with his friends and family.

Jerry Kass

Conservation Technician

Tel: 231- 757-3707 ext. 110

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Jerry Kass grew up on a dairy farm in Muskegon Michigan where he developed a love for the great outdoors. After High school he joined the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman where he had the opportunity to travel the world and develop his passion for assisting others. Jerry came home and enrolled in Grand Valley State University where he graduated with a major in wildlife biology and minor in chemistry. He spent three summers working with the DNR as a wildlife assistant working with local producers in Mason, Lake, Wexford, Osceola, and Missaukee counties helping them mitigate crop damage. He also banded waterfowl and conducted wildlife surveys. Jerry spent 6 months working as the Conservation Coordinator for the Kent Conservation District where he ran the invasive species strike team. Now he works as the Mason-Lake Conservation District’s Conservation Technician, helping landowners to utilize federal conservation programs.

Dani McGarry

District Manager

Tel: (231) 757-3707 ext. 102

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Dani joined the Mason-Lake Conservation District at the end of 2015 and transitioned to the District Manager position in 2017. In her capacity as Manager, she collaborates with partner organizations and local landowners to complete conservation activities in our community. This may happen through collaboration on grant applications, linking landowners with the appropriate technical experts (on staff or elsewhere) and promoting existing programs for funding conservation projects. Dani came to the District with experience in habitat restoration and invasive species management. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Michigan Tech University and a Master's of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.

 

 

 

 

Seth Earl

District Conservationist
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Tel: (231) 757-3707 ext. 3

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Seth Earl is farm boy who is passionate about conservation and helping people pursue their dreams. Hailing originally from southern Michigan, Seth spent time working in conservation across seven states before moving back to Michigan and marrying the farmer’s daughter. Serving as a District Conservationist in the Scottville field office since September 2007, Seth works closely with farmers to evaluate conservation alternatives. Along with his wife Lyndsay, Seth assists in the agronomy and fertility management of her family’s 99-year-old, 1,600-acre, 500-cow dairy farm; Stakenas Farms in Free Soil. Active in 4-H, FFA and Farm Bureau, Seth and Lyndsay were named the 2017 National Runner-ups in the Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture contest. As young parents they fuel their passion for the agricultural industry, community minded approach and willingness to serve others as they try to instill the rural way of life for their daughters McKenzie and Madisyn.

Zach Peklo

Invasive Species Technician
North County Cooperative Invasive Species Mgmt Area

Tel: (248) 210-6047

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Vicki Sawicki

Program Coordinator
North County Cooperative Invasive Species Mgmt Area

Tel: (231) 429-5072

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Josh Shields

Forester
Forestry Assistance Program

Tel: (231) 889-9666

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