Each year the staff and board attend a conference in Bellaire, Michigan at the end of October. This meeting is organized by conservation district partners, such as the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD). It hosts the annual MACD business meeting and has many educational opportunities for conservation district staff and board members. At this year’s Annual Meeting, Clinton Conservation District’s board treasurer, Elaine Brown-Bartholic, was elected to represent conservation districts statewide as Vice-President of MACD. Clinton County will surely benefit from Elaine’s expertise and representation of conservation at the state and regional level.
During the three-day conference, staff attended field trips and sessions to learn more about new tools, construction and forest management. There were also many opportunities to network with other conservation district employees and board members. Often conversations with other districts help us discover new ways of doing things that have worked well for districts and farmers in other parts of the state.
The annual conference is also an opportunity to recognize the great work conservation districts, staff and board members are doing statewide. This year, Clinton Conservation District staff member Katie Hafner was recognized for her first-year achievements. The Seedling award is given to a conservation district staff member in their first year of service who has supported the community where they work and been an exemplary employee. Katie joined us in January to support the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and programs in the Maple River watershed. Congratulate Katie on her achievements next time you’re in the office!