Farm Bill Biologist

The Farm Bill Biologist position is made possible through a grant partnership between the Branch Conservation District, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Pheasants Forever, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA).

Our Farm Bill Biologist works with landowners to restore or enhance their land in order to provide quality habitat for wildlife. This includes partnering with the NRCS to enroll the landowner in Farm Bill programs, such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), assisting the Conservation District to promote educational workshops and tree plantings, and partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to form Wildlife Cooperatives and enroll landowners in programs such as the Hunting Access Program (HAP)

Program Information

  • In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers in this program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

  • The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative is a partnership among many different conservation organizations, including the Michigan Department of Natural Resource, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Pheasants Forever, in order to restore pheasant habitat on large blocks of land. The goal of this initiative is provide both technical and financial assistance to landowners who want to restore their land to native warm-season grasses in order to see an increase in wildlife populations.

Contact Information

For more information contact your local Farm Bill Biologist Lyndsay Morrison at lyndsay.morrison@macd.org or at: (517) 278-2725 ext. 118   Or contact Branch Conservation District at:  branchcd@gmail.com, (517) 278-2725 ext. 5