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.

I would like to announce my decision to leave the Conservation District to pursue a career at a nonprofit organization in the metro DC area. My last day at the Conservation District office will be July 18th. It has been a great learning experience here at the Conservation District. I have enjoyed getting to know the people who reside in our wonderful county and who are passionate about the preservation & restoration of our county’s wonderful natural resources. Thank you to our wonderful partners, without you our success would be limited. I would also like to thank my Board of Directors, both the current board and those that are no longer serving. It is through your dedication and hard work that we were able to make a positive impact on the environment around us. Lastly, I would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers that I have had the pleasure of working alongside during these last 2 ½ years. I would like to say a special “thanks” to Jeff Pant at Fawn River Kayak & my husband, Mike. These two men made the 2013 river cleanup project possible. Your unending passion for our natural resources has not gone unnoticed! We look forward to hearing about the continued work & successes of the district for years to come!

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