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Meet the Team
Mike McCarthy joined the Conservation District in the summer of 2013 as the District’s MAEAP Technician. Mike served in that role until 2017 and now serves as the Executive Director. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Lake Superior State University in Conservation Leadership and a master’s degree from Slippery Rock University in Parks and Resource Management. Mike has held previous positions with Michigan State University Extension, Montcalm Conservation District, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Lake Superior State University. In his free time Mike and his wife Karen enjoy traveling, visiting with friends and family, and spending time outdoors (biking, camping, hiking, kayaking, and skiing).
Special Projects Technician
Marquita Mullen joined the Conservation District in 2017 as one of our Invasive Species Technicians. In 2018 Marquita joined our team again as our Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Inspector and assists with our Hunting Access Program, Tree Sale, Invasive Species Program, Deer Habitat Improvement Program, and other projects that the District conducts. Marquita is a from Sault Ste Marie and graduated from Northern Michigan University. In her free time Marquita enjoys yoga, spending time with her family and spoiling her daughter Willa and husband Paul.
David Chickering joined the Conservation District in 2019 as the Conservation Technical Assistance Initiative (CTAI) Engineer. The CTAI program is a partnership between federal, state, and local units of government, working together to assist farmers and rural landowners interested in implementing conservation practices on their land. David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biosystems Engineering with a concentration in Ecosystems Engineering from Michigan State University. David was born and raised in Petoskey and has worked as a diversified vegetable farmer in central and northern lower Michigan for the past 6 years.
Phone: 906-632-9611 Ext. 8056
Invasive Species Program Coordinator
Conservation Technician Forester
Michael joined the Conservation District in August of 2020 as the Invasive Species Program Coordinator and coordinates the activities of the Three Shores CISMA. The Three Shores CISMA is a multi-agency organization dedicated to the management and control of invasive species throughout Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac counties. Michael holds a bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University in Environmental Biology, and upon successful defense of his thesis, a master's degree from Central Michigan University in Conservation Biology. Prior to joining the Conservation District, Michael has held various positions throughout the midwest, including bird research in 4 different states and ecological restoration in metropolitan Minneapolis. To find out more about what the Three Shores CISMA can do for you, give Michael a call!
Jacob Hartman started working with the Conservation District in the Spring of 2022 as the Watershed Technician. He graduated from Lake Superior State University with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. While earning his degree, Jacob worked on several different research projects for LSSU's Center for Freshwater Research and Education. Now he coordinates projects at a watershed level to improve and protect water quality. Jacob enjoys anything related to the outdoors and conservation. To find out how you can help improve your watershed, contact Jacob at:
Louis Radecki joined the Conservation District in the Fall of 2022. A St. Ignace native, Louis graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Forestry and has spent significant time in the hardwood forests of central appalachia working for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Louis now serves as the Forestry Assistance Program Forester, helping private landowners throughout Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac counties take the first steps towards sustainable forest management. If you are interested in forestry assistance, contact Louis at:
Phone: 906-632-9611 ext. 8055
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Staff
Acting District Conservationist
Pat Carr is a Soil Conservation Technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, where he assists landowners with natural resources management planning. Carr assesses natural resource concerns and landowner land use objectives and develops environmentally-protective strategies and funding sources to help landowners realize land use goals. He has provided assistance to diverse landowners including forest landowners, livestock farmers, municipalities, and State Agencies. Carr loves everything outdoors, including hunting and fishing. You can reach him at email@example.com.