The Hillsdale Conservation District serves as the primary contact point for landowners seeking technical assistance to resolve resource issues. Grant funded programs include: Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, local Hunter Access Program administration and technical assistance. The district also has conservation tree sales, equipment rentals (tree planters and no-till drills), and sales of other conservation related items. The Conservation District sponsors and participates in several conservation education programs throughout the year as well as conservation based outreach events and projects.
As local, special purpose units of government, each Conservation District is governed by a locally elected, five-member board of directors. The guiding philosophy of Michigan Conservation Districts is that local people should make decisions on conservation issues at the local level, with technical assistance provided by government. The Conservation District is the local provider of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan. They assist in natural resource management for improved water quality, reduced soil erosion, farmland preservation, wetland preservation, wildlife habitat, clean air, energy conservation, and land beautification.
The Hillsdale Conservation District shares an office with and works collaboratively with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA); both are branches the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The mission of the FSA is, equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. NRCS is a conservation leader for all natural resources; ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges. Seventy percent of the land in the United States is privately owned, making stewardship by private landowners absolutely critical to the health of our Nation’s environment. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the Soil, Water, Air, Plants, and Animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.
The Christmas Bird Count is December 14 - January 5th.
Christmas Eve is December 24th.
Christmas is December 25th and the Office will be closed.
Offices will be closed December 26th
New Years Eve is December 31st.
Starting in January, 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils.
New Years Day is January 1st and the Office will be closed.
January 5th is National Bird Day.
January 6th is Bean Day.
The Hillsdale County Farm Bureau will have its next meeting January 8th, in Hillsdale.
The Lenawee Center for Excellence Crop Day is January 9th, in Adrian.
The Jackson/Calhoun Regional Farmer Meeting is January 15th, in Springport.
The Hillsdale County Ag Council Family Fun Night is January 17th, in Hudson.
The Family Farms Conference is January 17th, in Marshall.