Berrien Conservation District

Berrien County Conservation District

Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Fundraiser

We have some trees left over from our sale. Please call the office if you are interested. 

All Evergreens and Deciduous Trees are 50% off. 

 

Call 269-471-9111 x3 or email [email protected]


Wildlife and Pollinator Workshop 

 Looking to attract deer, songbirds, pheasants and butterflies onto your property, at the same time improving air, water, and soil quality?

Grassland habitats provide significant value to our natural resources in Michigan. Grasslands provide filtration to water, collect carbon to help clean our air, and hold down soil to prevent erosion. They also provide homes and food for a variety of wildlife including deer, songbirds, butterflies, turkeys, pheasants, and much more. Pollinators are being threatened, and their greatest need are grassland habitats with vibrant native wildflowers. Without pollinators, we face a threat of food shortages as pollinators allow food to grow.

This workshop will provide an overview of the value grasslands provide on a landscape. It will also provide information on where to find seed and how to plant it, what financial and technical resources are available to assist you in creating and managing grassland habitats, and will showcase the great organizations who are here to help improve our habitats.
There will also be a short presentation on invasive species of concern for SW Michigan.

Where: Camp Friedenswald, 15406 Watercress Way, Cassopolis
When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Pre-Registration required: For more information and to register to attend, please visit www.mucc.org/pollinators. Please contact Anna Mitterling at [email protected] or 517-346-6454 with additional questions. In addition, if you would like a short guided hike of Camp Friedenswald before the program, please call Korie at the Cass Conservation District at 269-445-8641 x5.
Sponsored by Berrien, Cass, & St. Joseph Conservation Districts, and the SW X SW Corner CISMA

Native Plant Presentation and Sale

Now accepting orders for Native Wildflowers and Grasses!

Would you like to learn more about Native Plants from an expert? Come to a presentation at the Bridgman Public Library on May 23rd from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Then afterwards you can pick up your pre-ordered plants or choose from the selection at the sale from 4 pm to 7 pm. Click on the button below to see the order form and more information on the plants.

 
 

Local farmers finding ways to make crops and environment 'greener' by adding Water Control Structures to their drain tile. 


The Berrien Conservation District was very excited to invite WSBT's Danielle Kennedy out to interview Patrick Freehling of Baroda on Water Control Structures and their benefits to crop production and water quality!  Click on the link to view the interview:  (click on the white circle in the center of the corn to start the video after clicking the link)


http://wsbt.com/news/local/local-farmers-finding-ways-to-make-crops-and-environment-greener

         Contact us to learn more about Drain Tile Water Control Structures and how to receive financial assistance to install them.
The Regular Monthly Board Meeting for March is Monday, May 14th at 12 noon.
New 2017 Berrien County Plat Books are available at our office!

The Hunting Access Program (HAP) .  A minimum of 40 acres with 20% in grassland, wetland, or forested habitat.   Rates are per acre, based on type of habitat.  
Additional financial assistance for habitat improvement may be available.

For more information visit www.Michigan.gov/hap or contact Nancy at 269-471-9111 x3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact us at:

3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103 

269-471-9111  ext. 3

email: [email protected]

We are housed in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office in the USDA Service Center Building.  Our Office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Due to the nature of our business, personnel may not be available during normal business hours as farm visits, workshops, training, or other may take us out of the office.  To ensure service please call ahead.

 

Mission Statement

The Berrien Conservation District's mission is to promote the protection and improvement of Berrien County's natural resources through partnerships, education, reforestation, ground and surface water protection, and soil erosion control measures.