The St. Joseph County Conservation District was established in 1948 to assist farmers in creating soil & water conservation plans. Since then the Conservation District has grown to include all stakeholders within the county. The focus is still agriculture & working with farmers to create conservation plans, but we also work with partner organizations to ensure the county's largest natural resource, water, remains a viable resource.
Guided by a volunteer board of five members and paid staff the Conservation District works with partners to promote ground and surface water practices, irrigation services, sustainable agriculture practices, education, environmental stewardship and community projects.
The Conservation District is able to provide this assistance with community support through volunteers and financial assistance. Throughout the year the Conservation District hosts several fundraising events including the annual tree sale, annual meeting and a local foods dinner.
2015 Conservation Days
Conservation Days were put on by MSUE, Conservation District and Parks and Rec Department, all here in St. Joseph County.Students enjoyed an educational field trip. They learned about Birds of Prey and their Habitat, the DNR explained how native mammals survive the Michigan seasons, they explored the river and found macro invertebrates that live in the water (macro invertebrates are an indicator of water quality). Carol Higgins, the Conservation District board chair, talked about the importance of cover crops. Recycling and forestry were also covered to give students a broad view of conservation issues in our county. CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE for the photo album.