The St. Joseph County Conservation District was established in 1948 to assist farmers in planning 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 counties largest natural resource, water, remains a viable resource.
Guided by a volunteer board of five members and 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 & auction.
ATTENTION LANDOWNERS IN THE PRAIRIE RIVER WATERSHED!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you have water quality concerns????
Do you want a voice in future plans of the Watershed????
If the answer is "YES" then click on the link to fill out a survey for the Prairie River Watershed
The information gained from the survey will be used in the writing of the management plan that will be used for future management practices within the watershed.
For more information about the Prairie River Watershed managment plan go to branchcd.org.
WELCOME INCOMING BOARD MEMBERS!!!
At our annual meeting in March Jim Milliman, Jr. was elected to a 4 year term after being appointed in 2012. Jim was elected as the Treasurer and is an important part of the board. His volunteer time includes tree sale & assisting with bundling for the county Conservation Days. His support of the River Cleanup can also be seen through his work with AB's Gloves & Abrasives as they donate all the gloves used during the Cleanups. Thanks Jim for all your hard work!
In April Matt Davidson was appointed to fill the position vacated by outgoing board member, Stephen Mock. Matt is passionate about nature and St. Joseph County. He began his volunteer service last year during our River Cleanup by helping on the Portage River Cleanup and hosted the volunteer appreciation dinner at the end of the season at his house on the Portage River. Once appointed, Matt dove right into volunteering for other programs by helping bundle trees for the county Conservation Days.
We look forward to another successful year!
RIVER CLEAN UP SEASON IS BEGINNING!
Please contact the District to sign up as a volunteer or to receive more information
Canoes/kayaks can be provided upon request
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