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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.


***Request for Participants***
Michigan Wood Energy Team
Area Focus Groups

Kellogg Biological Station
17 January 2018

This study aims to better understand residential and small-scale commercial owner awareness of and willingness to convert from existing heating systems to automated wood pellet furnace or boiler systems.

We are looking for:
1. Residents in Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, and Branch counties. You must own a single-family home in this region and must not already have an automated pellet heating system in your home. We are particularly interested in residents who are currently heating their home with cordwood, fuel oil, electricity, or propane. The primary decision-maker in the household is requested.

2. Staff of small commercial enterprises, and key stakeholders in the energy and HVAC industries in the above-mentioned counties. Anyone with an interest in automated pellet heating systems is encouraged to contact us.

We will ask participants to bring their current utility bill and specifications of their existing home heating system. The focus group will take approximately 1.5 hours and food will be provided. You will be paid $25.00 at the conclusion of the focus group. During the focus group, we will ask questions about participants attitudes and perspectives on automated wood pellet heating systems, renewable energy, and decision-making. We will also walk participants through a cost-benefit analysis to create an energy transition profile for their home. Focus groups will take place the week of January 15th at or near Kellogg Biological Station. Participants will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Emily Huff (
ehuff@msu.edu) or Bill Cook (cookwi@msu.edu) by January 1.
Please provide your name, e-mail address, and phone number.


Branch Conservation District
wishes to thank all of our partners
who have supported us over the years.

We are truly honored to be named as the 

2017 MAEAP Host of the Year
Award Winner.


Congratulations to the 

Hunting Access Program

Proving 40 years of Public
Hunting on Private Lands

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

For more information, see the press release under the guidance documents drop down or give Branch Conservation District a call.



Photo by: Kasey Worst


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


Branch Conservation District


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For payments on trees, products, rentals, services and donations.


Monthly Board Meeting

February 21, 2018

at the district offices from

7Pm until 9PM

387 N. Willowbrook Rd.
Coldwater, MI 49036


Annual Meeting Stewardship Awardee      (Photo by Kasey Worst)
Chair John Mitchell

Awards Ron Smith 
"District Steward of the Year Award"

Photo by: Kasey Worst


Mark your calendars for our upcoming events:

70th Annual Meeting
and Conservation EXPO

March 3rd, 2018 - Branch Area Career Center
Annual Spring Tree Sale Fundraiser

April: 20 - 21, 2018  Pre-orders Due: April 5, 2018


Not MAEAP Verified Yet?

Contact Mike!

Phone: (517) 278-2725 Ext 5



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



Save the Date:
Branch Conservation District

Annual Meeting 
Conservation EXPO

March 3rd, 2018

More to Come!



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