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 Welcome to Branch Conservation District

 

Upcoming Meetings / Projects

Michigan's Conservation Districts are "unique" local units of State Government, that utilize state, federal, and private sector resources to assist people with sustainable use and protection of the natural resources on their lands.
 
Conservation Districts continually scan the needs of their local communities, work with other conservation minded partners to set local priorities, and develop action plans to solve natural resources problems. The delivery of these efforts by Conservation Districts allows citizens to manage their private lands for a cleaner, healthier Michigan.
 
The Branch County Conservation District is governed by a locally elected, five-member Board of Directors. The Directors make decisions regarding the District's programs and activities and hire qualified staff. The staff provide information, technical assistance, workshops, public education, cost-share opportunities, as well as affordable trees / shrubs to enhance wildlife and reforestation.
 
Since it was organized in 1948, the Branch County Conservation District has provided for the care, use, and conservation of our county's natural resources by creating an awareness of conservation issues and by being the leader in providing innovative assistance. Wildlife habitat development, reforestation projects, surface and groundwater protection and environmental education are all a part of our effort to ensure that landowners preserve their piece of Michigan for their children and future generations.

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2017 General Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 
is now accepting applications for their first round of sign-ups. This USDA-NRCS program offers financial assistance for conservation practices on eligable land. For more information and to submit an application, stop in to the district office!


 




It's Time to Mark Your Calenders for our!

69th Annual Meeting &  Conservation Expo
February 25th, 2017


This Year's Keynote Program is: 

"An introduction to
Michigan's Hawks & Owls"

 

Presented By:

     Joe Rogers,

Barb Rogers and Joanne Williams

(Wildlife Recovery Association)


This is a Family program with live birds of prey
& "pettables" for children.
 

Our other fantastict speakers include:
Invasive Insects Affecting Forests and Our Landscape
                               Ben Savoie – Forester for Barry Conservation District

Wetland Determinations / What does the USDA Mean / How are they Determined and a Little Biology
                              Daniel Zay – State Biologist USDA-NRCS

Presenting Two Family Programs    What does it take to be a Farmer
Followed by a small tour of the BACC Farms and a possible surprise

                              Cassidy Wolff & Tristan Furney – BACC Students

E. Coli and Non-Point Source Pollutants
                             Molly Rippke – Aquatic Biologist MDEQ

Native American Local History and Conservation
                            John Rodwan - Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
 

 

 A donation of $8 per adult and $2 per child to assist
with event costs is suggested and RSVP’s are requested for Lunch. 
To reserve your lunch, please call Branch Conservation District at:
(517) 278-2725 ext. 5
by February 22nd.



Current Sponsors include:
Wildlife Recovery Association, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, MDARD, MAEAP, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, USDA-NRCS, MI DNR - Hunting Access Program, Barry Conservation District, Branch Conservation District, FBB,
and the Branch Area Career Center.

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Want to sponsor this or any other event?

Please contact Kathy or any Director at: (517) 278-2725 Ext. 5

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HAP!

(Hunting Access Program)

*New properties may now be enrolled. 
*Additional financial assistance for habitat improvement are available.


For more information, see the press release

under the
guidance documents drop down 

or give Branch Conservation District a call.


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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Partnership
with the
Branch Conservation District

is offering the opportunity to create restorations on private lands within Branch County.


Tree plantings, waterfowl
wetlands, warm season grass plantings, exclusion
fencing, and more are included as possible projects.
 
  
Check with Tyler or Kathy for additonal information!
 

Reguar Monthly Board Meeting

January 10, 2017
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

District / USDA Offices
387 N. Willowbrook Rd.
Suite F
Coldwater, MI

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January 10, 2017

Absentee Ballots Available for Voting
in District Election

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February 2, 2017

CRP Mid-Contract Management Workshop

Coldwater Township Hall
319 Sprague Rd,
Coldwater, MI 49036

7PM until 9PM.

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Coming Soon:

Spring Tree Sale
Pre-Order Information Available in January 2017

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February 25, 2017

Branch Conservation District's
Annual Meeting

Director Election
&
Conservation EXPO


EXPO Hours run between 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, with our Annual Meeting & Elections to be held within this event.
Event Location: Branch Area Career Center
366 Morse Street, Coldwater, MI

District Election to be held
between the hours of 8:30am and 12:30pm.

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Public Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of One Director:
Branch County Conservation District
 

   To all residents of the Branch County Conservation District, notice is hereby given that on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM, at the Branch Area Career Center, 366 Morse Street, Coldwater, MI an annual meeting and director election will be held. 
   District Candidates for the one (1) Director four (4) year position are: Duane Clover – Running for the single Director position.
   On the tenth (10th) day of January, 2017, being forty five (45) days prior to the date of the February 25th annual meeting, absentee ballots will be available for voting in this election by writing or calling the Branch Conservation District Office at:  
387 N. Willowbrook Rd., Suite F, Coldwater, MI, 49036, (517)278-2725 ext. 5 during regular business hours of the District, which are between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
   Residents are individuals of legal age who can demonstrate residency in the Conservation District via one (1) piece of identification.
   The Annual Report will also be available for viewing during the annual meeting or at the District office thereafter.

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HIP, HAP, CRP, and RCPP?

See Tyler Tankersley for
Special Incentives
in the
Upper and Headwaters region of the
Saint Joseph River Watershed

 



 


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Not MAEAP Verified Yet?

See Mike!

Phone: (517) 278-2725 Ext 5


Michael.Censke@mi.nacdnet.net



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For more information on any district projects or programs contact:

Kathy worst or any staff member 

at

Branch Conservation District
387 N. Willowbrook Rd.
Suite F
Coldwater, MI 49036

(517) 278-2725 Ext. 5

kathy.worst@mi.nacdnet.net

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