“Managing Our Natural Resources”

The Mecosta Conservation District is a natural resource management agency governed by a locally elected five-member board of directors. The District’s mission is to provide responsive and cost-effective programs which assist landowners of Mecosta County in the management and wise use of their natural resources. District staff provide site-specific, technical assistance and information to landowners/users in all aspects of resource management.

The Mecosta Conservation District was established in 1947, and is a local entity of state government. It operates under the Soil Conservation District Law, Act 463, P.A. 1998. All Conservation District programs and services are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status or disability.

The “Gateway” to Natural Resource Management

If you hunt, fish, boat, hike, garden, farm, or do anything else involving natural resources, then you benefit from Michigan’s 78 Conservation Districts working to put conservation on the land!

Michigan’s Conservation Districts are unique local units of State Government, that utilize state, federal and private sector resources to solve today’s conservation problems. Created to serve as stewards of natural resources, Michigan’s Conservation Districts take an ecosystem approach to conservation.

In recent years, land patterns have changed dramatically. The land is continuously being divided, creating new landowners who have little or no knowledge of land and resource management. Pressures on natural resources have continued to mount with erosion problems due to developing sensitive areas without proper conservation measures in place; and other non-point source pollution occurring due to the actions of the many new landowners in rural and suburban areas. Conservation Districts have evolved in order to serve this new and expanding clientele, in addition to serving their agricultural customers.

Conservation Districts are referred to as “gateways” in their local communities. They provide linkages between land managers and a host of conservation service providers that include state, federal and local governments, conservation organizations, and Internet resources. Conservation Districts continuously scan the needs of their local communities, work in partnership with others involved in conservation to set local priorities, and develop action plans to solve natural resource problems. The delivery of these efforts by Conservation Districts allows citizens to manage their private lands for a cleaner, healthier Michigan. It allows the public a point of access in their communities when questions arise on how to manage natural resources.

Conservation Districts have a wide variety of resource professionals available to assist you and your conservation needs: foresters/wildlife biologists, water quality specialists, resource technicians, soil erosion control agents, conservation education specialists, and more. Contact the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts at (517) 324-5274, or on the web at macd.org for more information on how to contact the Conservation District near you.