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Programs & Projects
The Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District is involved in a number of programs and services. The programs and projects include:
Farm Bill Programs
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District partner together to bring a number of conservation programs to landowners in our district. Click here for more information.
Michigan Envirothon, a team based, environmental education competition for high school students focused on using the outdoors as a classroom. CLMCD sponsors an Envirothon team from Sault Ste. Marie High School. Click here for more information.
"Operation Windbreak" began in 1998 and focused primarily on farmstead windbreaks. The project has been expanded to establish windbreaks on major roads in the area. They are needed to improve driving conditions in winter weather and increase highway safety. Click here for more information.
Northern Wild Plant and Seed Cooperative
The Northern Wild Plant and Seed Cooperative is a grassroots group in the Eastern Upper Peninsula concerned about our native species. Click here for more information. ** May 8, 2016 Update - The Northern Wild Plant and Seed Cooperative is currently inactive.
Critical Dunes Program
Michigan's majestic sand dunes along the coasts of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior are one of the state's most defining natural features. Coveted for their beauty, recreational, and industrial benefits, dunes serve as a crucial transition zone from Great Lakes to inland areas. In the Eastern Upper Peninsula we are fortunate to have some of most scenic and rare sand dune areas in the world. These extraordinary dune features set the stage for a distinctive mix of ecological communities that support rare and endangered species, irreplaceable habitats and dynamic biological interactions. Click here for more information.
If you are planning to develop property in an area designated as Critical Dune or High Risk Erosion, you must first obtain appropriate permits for the type of work you plan to undertake. Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment permit staff representative for your area. Click here for an MDNRE Permit Staff Map.
Emerald Ash Borer Program
The Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District has partnered with the Michigan Department of Agriculture to help control the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Click here for more information.