As a result of the nation wide concern over soil erosion growing out of the dust bowl in the 1920’s the District Enabling Act of 1937 was born.The Act allowed the creation of local Soil Conservation Districts within Michigan. This created a system that allowed local citizens to address resource concerns by working closely with the local landowner.
Over the years the conservation districts have championed the installation of conservation practices on the land. This includes assistance in such fields of study as Agronomy, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture and Recreation. Local Conservation Districts have provided many different types of equipment to landowners including muck plows, tree planters, terracing machines, no-till planters, and seed drills.
August 12, 1954, in response to soil conservation concerns, agricultural leaders and other landholders of Clinton County created the Clinton Conservation District through county referendum. The Clinton Conservation District was the 72nd District in Michigan. Forming the District enabled the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide a technical agent to assist private landowners in solving conservation problems.
The Clinton District has developed a unique ability to bring together resources to solve problems. Recently, we have partnered with Pheasant Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Wild Turkey Federation, County Drain Commissioner, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).
Conservation Districts in Michigan were created under provisions of State Law, Public Act 297 of 1937, which was made part of the State of Michigan Compiled Environmental Code and is now MCL 324.9301-9313. Districts are independent units of government with elected Boards of Directors.