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Now Taking Orders for the Fall Native Plant and Tree Sale

New this fall the Clinton Conservation District will be selling native plants as part of our fall tree sale fundraiser!  Download the order form here.  For plant and tree descriptions and full details visit the Tree Sale page.  Orders are due September 26th and pick-up will be Oct 10th. Please contact the office if you have questions or suggestions for next year's spring sale.

Free Well Water Screening will also be offered during the pick-up this fall.  Bring a sample of your well water to be tested for nitrates and nitrites while you wait for your plants and trees.  Click here for more information or call the office and ask for Lindsey.

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Smart Drainage Field Day:Use It, Don't Lose it!

On August 28th the Conservation District along with MSU Extention, Clinton County Farm Bureau, and NRCS held a Use It Don't Lose It field day in Fowler.  We had a fantastic turnout and great demonstrations promoting conservation practices that protect water quality and can increase yield potential.  We would like to thank Claude and Cecile Feldpausch for hosting the event and all our partners that helped make the day a huge success.  To see a short video about the event click here.

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Check out our 2014 Fall Newsletter to see what's happening at the Conservation District!

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  Congratulations to Clark Farms, the 2014 Conservationist of the Year!

 

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Upper Maple River Watershed Implementation Project  The Clinton Conservation District has recieved implementation funding to carry out projects identified in the Upper Maple River Watershed Plan.  To learn more about our implementation project click here.

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Attention Landowners!  Dollars for You.  Land for Hunters.

HAP, The Hunting Access Program, is a financial opportunity for landowners that also provides public hunting opportunities in southern Michigan. It can also help control deer damage or nuisance wildlife.

In 1977 the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) created the Public Access Stamp Program through Public Act 373 of 1976, with the purpose of leasing private lands to provide public access for hunting.   The DNR places a high priority on providing hunting access on public and private land.  Statewide, 21% of Michigan is public lands.   The southern portion of the Lower Peninsula is where 89.7% of the states’ citizens live and only comprise 3% of public land.

Clinton Conservation District is working in cooperation with Michigan DNR to assist landowners with applications for lease agreements in the Hunting Access Program (HAP).  The District will appraise the applicants’ property for hunting purposes to determine habitat quality and post signs furnished by the DNR on property boundaries.  Parcels must contain a MINIMUM of 20% grassland, wetland and/or forest habitat. Lease rates to landowners can be up to $25.00 per acre per year based upon quality of habitat.

To get more information on this opportunity, go HERE

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The Upper Maple River Watershed Management Plan  The approved plan is available to view or download. To view the plan without appendices click here.  To view appendices 1-4 click here.  To view appendices 5-17 click here.

Other Current District Initiatives and Activities
**In cooperation with the MDNRE, we are pursuing funding to raise the level of Muskrat Lake. **We have 2 more research Filter Mounds operating in Clinton County for milkhouse wastewater disposal. **We have a small grant to monitor installed bank pins to determine erosion in both the Looking Glass and Maple Rivers.

News & Notes is the joint newsletter of Clinton County MSU Extension and the Clinton Conservation District. Our goal is to get information on agriculture and natural resources programs, research and resources to you in a timely manner. Click here to see the 
December 2012 Edition. If you'd like to subscribe to e-mail, contact us at info@clintonconservation.org

Upper Looking Glass Watershed Management Plan
The MDNRE, Clinton Conservation District, Friends of the Looking Glass, and other involved partners completed the Management Plan. We will apply for implementation funds when available. The approved plan can be be read or downloaded
HERE. 

 

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