Berrien County Conservation District

Preserving and Protecting our Natural Resources

Berrien County Conservation District is a local unit of government and a political subdivision of the State of Michigan. The District's authorities, powers, and structure are contained in Michigan Conservation District Law. Berrien Conservation District comprises all of Berrien County and was formed in 2006 with the merging of the Galien River and St. Joseph River Conservation Districts that were established in the 1940's. Our goal is to conserve and protect land, air, water, and wildlife today for future generations.

We are board-driven and monthly board meetings occur on the second Monday of each month at 12pm; exceptions occur when holidays land on a Monday. The public is welcome to attend the board meetings. Please check the calendar for dates and location of meetings.

We partner with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and are housed with them in the USDA Service Center's Berrien Springs office. 

Berrien Conservation District Board of Directors:

Bette Pierman


Kait Lemon


Brandy Wise-Tenter

Email: brandy_wise_tenter@

Terry Holloway


Ryan Postema

email: rpostema@

Berrien Conservation District Staff:

Providing education and technical service

Nancy Carpenter

District Manager
Nancy Carpenter started employment with the Berrien CD in June 2008 as the District Manager. She is responsible for maintaining the district's funding, programs, grants, and overall   conservation efforts. Nancy works closely with the board of directors to achieve the district's goals.  She is available to the community as a resource for questions or concerns regarding conservation.

Lisa Kuntz

MAEAP Technician
Lisa Kuntz started employment with Berrien CD in October 2021. She is the MAEAP Technician for Berrien County. Lisa assists farms who want to become MAEAP verified.  If you are interested and would like additional information about the  MAEAP process please reach out to

Patrick Gordon

Produce Safety Technician
Patrick Gordon joined the Berrien CD in October 2020. He is the Produce Safety Technician and covers four counties: Berrien, Van Buren, Allegan, and Kalamazoo.  Patrick works with produce growers on all aspects of produce safety and compliance questions regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act. He provides  education and works closely with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan State University, and the Produce Safety Alliance to help bring awareness to what is required by the FDA for produce growers.

James (JD) Magner

Soil Erosion Inspector
James Magner is a part-time employee working under a partnership between the Conservation District and the Drain Commission to inspect properties with an application to the Soil and Sedimentation Program. James can be reached at but most inquiries for the Soil & Sedimentation Program should go directly to the Berrien County Drain Commission office. 

Alex Florian

CISMA Coordinator (Van Buren Conservation District)
Alex Florian is the coordinator for our partner the SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Alex works from the Van Buren Conservation District and covers Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. He can be reached at  invasivesed@