Our fall newsletter is here! Check it out to see what the conservation district has been up to this fall.
Conservation districts around Michigan use Natural Resource Assessments to help guide programs to serve the needs of their communities. The Natural Resource Assessment is completed every five years to continually gauge what’s important to you and your family now.
The Clinton Conservation District uses the results in a variety of ways that includes seeking funding for programs that are needed to fulfill the community’s natural resource concerns. The Natural Resource Assessment will help the District write grants that focus on the areas the community sees as most valuable, will help guide the MAEAP Technician goals and help us know where to spend our time on education.
Below are a few of the most important survey results. As always, please call or email our office with any questions.
The Mid-Michigan CISMA is turning ONE!
What is a CISMA?
CISMA stands for Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. The CISMA has many organizations partner together to educate people, young and old, about invasive species and their effects on our environment. CISMAs also track the spread of invasive species and help facilitate treatment of priorities species and sites.
Where is the Mid-Michigan CISMA located?
The Mid-Michigan CISMA (or MM-CISMA) is comprised of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Ionia counties. The MM-CISMA Coordinator, Erin Jarvie, is based out the Ingham Conservation District office in Mason. Locally, conservation districts in Clinton, Eaton and Ionia counties serve as the first source of invasive species information.
What invasive species are we tracking?
The MM-CISMA prioritizes three species: black swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed and non-native phragmites. The MM-CISMA also raises awareness about other state priority invasive species including aquatic and insect invasive species.
What has the MM-CISMA done in just ONE year?
- Doubled the number of reports to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network. View, Learn and Report invasive species at misin.msu.edu
- Engaged over 80 volunteers in local invasive species identification and survey events. Go to the MM-CISMA website at inghamconservation.com/mm-cisma to learn about upcoming opportunities!
- Held FOUR Aquatic Invasive Species Events at boat launches to raise awareness about aquatic hitchhikers and regulations regarding cleaning your boat.
- Trained 58 local municipal employees to identify invasive species and understand the impact invasive species can have on a community.
- Directly interacted with 4,000 people through outreach events and a further 200,000 people through news articles, social media and advertising.
Want more information?
LIKE the MM-CISMA’s Facebook page or contact the MM-CISMA Coordinator!
Erin Jarvie, MM-CISMA Coordinator
It is our philosophy that decisions on conservation issues should be made at the local level by local people…and we want to hear from you! Every five years the Clinton Conservation District seeks input from county residents on the natural resource concerns within Clinton County. This survey helps the Conservation District prioritize efforts and direct resources toward the most important natural resource needs of the County. We have developed a simple, short survey that will allow you to tell us what is important to you. Surveys can be completed online by clicking here or you can download a copy that can be filled out and faxed, mailed, emailed, or dropped off at the Conservation District office. We would also be happy to send you a paper survey upon request. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. Please complete surveys by April 30, 2017.
Our 2017 spring newsletter is now available. Take a look and find out all the great things we’ve been up to.
Order forms are now available for the fall native plant and tree sale.
Visit our tree sale page for more information or call our office (989) 224-3720 x5 to place an order over the phone.
We’ve been busy this summer! Check out the 2016 Fall Newsletter to see what we’ve been up to.
The 2016 spring newsletter is now available. Catch up on all the great things happening at the Clinton Conservation District.
On August 18th, 2015 more than 165 farmers came from across Michigan to attend the “What’s New with Poo” field day held at Providence Agriculture in Carson City. The field day included bus tours of four dairy farms in Clinton and Gratiot Counties. Presentations were given by expert researchers and farmers utilizing innovative manure management practices and technologies that enhance farm operations and protect water quality. The tour featured farms utilizing manure separation and treatment, harvestable buffers, and a unique rotation of cover crops. The bus tour also included presentations by regional experts on mortality management, MAEAP, energy conservation, and winter application of manure. Lunch included a presentation about on-farm water quality research efforts underway in Wisconsin by Amber Radatz, co-director of the University of Wisconsin’s Discovery Farms Program. This field day was the first event put on by Michigan Innovations in Agriculture, a renewed partnership between the Clinton Conservation District and Michigan State University Extension aimed at promoting innovative and environmentally sound agricultural practices and technologies. The event was sponsored by the Clinton Conservation District, Michigan State University Extension, Clinton and Gratiot Farm Bureau offices, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, AIS Construction Equipment, and Providence Agriculture. Stay tuned for more events from Michigan Innovations in Agriculture!
Check out our Fall Newsletter to learn about all the great things the Conservation District is doing in Clinton County.