The District partners with the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and other agencies and organizations. Historically, the District focused on soil erosion on farms. With time, our scope has broadened. Today, the District provides technical assistance, information, and education to assist people in the District to properly manage their natural resources. Agricultural producers remain our primary focus, but services are also provided to owners of smaller rural properties, suburban and urban properties, as well as local governments.
- The Clinton Conservation District’s primary programs:
- Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)
- Water quality protection and improvements (Maple and Looking Glass river watersheds)
- Reforestation and grassland habitat restoration
In addition, programs through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Services Agency (FSA) require concurrence by the Conservation District before payments may be made. These programs include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).