"To assist with land use management through education, community projects, and services"
"Your local source for all your conservation and natural resource needs"
The Chippewa Conservation District was established on June 27, 1949. On October 1, 1952 the Chippewa Conservation District took on the eastern half of Mackinac County to become the Chippewa East Mackinac Conservation District. In 2009 the District celebrated 60 years of service to the landowners of Chippewa and Mackinac Counties. In July of 2012, the Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District merged with the Luce/West Mackinac Conservation District to form the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District. The District now includes all of Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac Counties.
The number of employees actively working on projects and programs in our District fluctuates depending on the number of federal, state, and local grants made available to the District. We have been fortunate to receive a number planning and implementation grants dealing with watersheds, water quality, soil protection, invasive plants and insects, and farming enhancements.
Conservation Districts are local units of government consisting of a locally-elected board of directors with small staffs who help landowners and communities with managing their natural resources, including forests, farms, water bodies, and wetlands. Districts originated in the Dust Bowl days to help farmers improve land management practices to conserve critical soils needed for crop production. Districts have evolved to help with forestry, fisheries and wildlife, and other natural resource management issues.
Michigan's Conservation Districts work to preserve natural resources through education, research, and direct remediation of key areas. Conservation Districts are supported by state, federal, and private grants, and through their own fundraising efforts - especially the annual tree sale. District boards and staff are people committed to conserving our renewable resources.
The number of employees actively working on projects and programs in our District fluctuates depending on the number of federal, state, and local grants made available to the District. We have been fortunate to receive a number planning and implementation grants dealing with watersheds, water quality, soil protection, invasive insects, and farming enhancements.
Board of Directors
As local, special purpose units of government, each Conservation District is governed by a locally elected, five-member board of directors. The guiding philosophy of Michigan Conservation Districts is that local people should make decisions on conservation issues at the local level, with technical assistance provided by government.
The Board of Directors for the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District meets each month. The meetings are open to the public. Check our calendar of events for monthly postings of board meetings and events. You are welcome to attend these meetings and become involved in the many programs and projects in our District.
NRCS Staff in Sault Ste. Marie Office
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has two positions serving landowners in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Madeleine Cantu is the District Conservationist and E. Patrick Carr (better known as Pat) is the Soil Conservation Technician for the District.
District Public Policies