Emmet Conservation District
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Emmet County Michigan Michigan Natural Resources
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Our mission as stewards of the Environment is to improve the quality of life for residents of Emmet County, by protecting and conserving our natural resources, promoting sound sustainable agriculture practices, and providing educational opportunities for the community.



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If you are interested in supporting the District with a tax-deductible donation, please download and print the form, complete and send with payment to the District. Your donations are tax deductible under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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Volunteer Recognition
The District received many hours of volunteer labor this past year. It would not be possible for us to accomplish our work without this generous volunteer assistance. We would like to thank the following volunteers for their service:

Pat Duffy, Dee Irwin, Terri Law, Eileen Bur, Jane Stone, Babette Stenius-Stolz, Linda Guthrie, Terry Virta, Kristi Schuil, and Sally Bataran for all of your help with tree sales and workshops.

We would also like to thank John Masson, Lorraine Lund, and Nancy Zebko, for their volunteer work with the educational raingarden.

Thank you Master Gardeners from Emmet and Charlevoix Counties.

Special thanks to Dick Barker, Country Apple Farm for hosting our annual Fruit Tree Workshop at his farm each year for the last seven years.


Welcome to the Emmet Conservation District
Welcome to the Emmet Conservation District Website, your gateway to natural resource management and source for environmental information and assistance.



Emmet Conservation District News

8th Annual Native Plant Workshop & Plant Sale

Saturday August 27th, 2016

Native Plant Workshop: 11am-1pm
(Pre-register by Mon. Aug. 22nd)
Workshop Cost: $10/person Native

Plant Sale: 11am-3pm
(Pre-order By Aug. 22nd)

Download the Order Form PDF

Download the Native Plant Pictures PDF

Click here for more information



2016 Backyard Apple/Fruit Tree Workshop

Saturday April 30th, 1:30 - 3:30pm

Registration Deadline: April 15th

Download the Apple/Fruit Tree Workshop Flyer

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October 2015 Annual Dinner Meeting Update

The Emmet Conservation District Annual Dinner Meeting was held on Wed. October 14, 2015, and was a great success! Over 30 people were in attendance, including ECD patrons and supporters and representatives from local organizations. Before the meeting started, we invited partners from a variety of local environmental organizations to host informational tables to network and share information about organizations. Organizations that were represented included: Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy, Little Traverse Conservancy, and the C.A.K.E CISMA, which is a multi-county and multi-partner invasive species network that spans Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet Counties.

Our invited speaker, Dr. Anton Reznicek, Director and Curator of Vascular Plants at the University of Michigan Herbarium, gave a very interesting presentation that was titled, “Is it impossible to conservation all of Michigan’s native flora?” The presentation got us thinking about ecological succession, conservation of rare and listed species, high quality habitats, and different approaches to prioritization for conservation.

The Emmet Conservation District extends a big “Thank You” to the following organizations and individuals that contributed donations for the silent auction this year:

  • Boyne
  • Bahnhoff Sports
  • Bearcub Outfitters
  • Blissfest Music Organization
  • Cydney Steeb
  • Dr. Russell LaBeau
  • Emmet County Parks & Recreation Dept.
  • Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars
  • Grandpa Shorters
  • Grulers
  • McLean & Eikin Books
  • Mim’s Mediterranean Grill
  • Petoskey Brewing Company
  • Petoskey News Review
  • Plath’s Meats
  • Roast & Toast
  • Ward & Eis Gallery

The 2016 Spring Tree Sale is Now Underway

Order deadline is April 1, 2016

Order pickup is Friday April 22, 10am-2pm and
Saturday April 23, 8am-12pm.

Download Tree Order Form

Download Tree Sale Booklet

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Emmet Conservation District Annual Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, October 14th • 6-9pm

with guest speaker Dr. Anton Reznicek, Assistant Director/Curator of Vascular Plants/Research Scientist and Field Botany Instructor at the University of Michigan Biological Station

The ECD Annual Meeting Silent Auction is sponsored by Boyne Mountain Spa and Resort.

or more information, click here.



The meeting was a huge success. Adam Bump gave a fantastic presentation on wolf management in Michigan. We held elections for new officers, and gave 5-Year Service awards to retiring Administrator Cydney Steeb and a long-time Board Member, John Casto.

We would like to thank and recognize the following businesses, organizations, and individuals that donated items for our hugely successful silent auction at the 2014 Annual Meeting:

  • Bahnof Sports
  • Bill's Farm Market
  • Blissfest Music Organization
  • Cydney Steeb
  • Dirk Shorter
  • Emmet County Parks and Recreation Department
  • Fustini's Oils and Vinegars
  • Jurek's Meats and Grocery
  • Mim's Mediterranean Grill
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kurburski
  • Nancy Salar
  • Roast & Toast


What is a Conservation District?
A conservation district is a subdivision of state government. The Michigan Department of Agriculture enforces the rules for conservation districts. Conservation districts focus on natural resource problems and solutions, and promote sustainable agriculture practices.

There are 3000 conservation districts in the United States and, with almost one in every county, conservation districts improve the quality of life for every American. Conservation districts help in the following ways:

  • Provide local conservation leadership, teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation efforts
  • Promote farm conservation practices that protect soil, water and related natural resources
  • Protect groundwater resources and our lakes, rivers and streams
  • Promote planting of trees and other land covers to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife and beautify neighborhoods



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Support Emmet Conservation District
The Emmet Conservation District is operated similar to a nonprofit organization with initiatives and financial support coming from the local community. Your generous contributions will help to ensure the health and beauty of Emmet County's natural resources both for today and for future generations to come. If you are interested in supporting the District with a tax-deductible donation, please donwload and print the form, complete and send with payment to the District. Your donations are tax deductible under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Make a Donation

  • Friend - $10+
  • Donor - $50+
  • Patron - $100+
  • Sponsor - $500+
  • Benefactor - $1,000+

Thank You to Our Volunteers!

Thanks so much to our dedicated volunteers, without whose help we couldn’t have accomplished all we did in 2014 and hope to do in 2015:

  • Pat Duffy, Dee Irwin, Terri Law, John Masson, Lorraine Lund, Ann Hendrick, Larry Hendrick, Jane Stone, Babette Stenuis Stoltz, Eileen Bur and Connie Schach.

If you enjoy being outdoors or getting involved in environmental projects and would like to volunteer your time helping the Conservation District, please contact Jackie Pilette by calling (231) 439-8977 or email jackie.pilette@macd.org.


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