Message from the Executive Director

November 18, 2019

Dear Friend of the Ingham Conservation District,

The Ingham Conservation District (ICD) is dedicated to serving, educating and empowering Ingham County residents for natural resource stewardship.  This includes a variety of activities and programs that are supported, in part, by local residents and businesses. Please take a moment to read about what the ICD is doing for our community and consider how you can help ensure these important services can continue and thrive.

In 2019, the Ingham Conservation District focused on many issues important to Ingham County residents including invasive species, water quality, habitat preservation, recycling and forest health. The ICD reaches out to residents of all ages across the entire county, providing opportunities to be directly involved with natural resource conservation and to encourage appreciation for the natural landscapes and unique wildlife found here.

All of these services and events were provided free of cost to county residents and local communities.

  • Invasive species workshops for landowners and municipal staff
  • Treatment of invasive plants including phragmites, black swallow-wort and Japanese knotweed
  • Knotweed Injector program – fully refundable rental helps landowners with knotweed management
  • Free Scrap Tire Collection – approximately 3,000 tires were collected!
  • Stream Monitoring – A trained group of volunteers monitor 10 sites across 3 watersheds
  • Hunter Access Program – provides free public hunting access in Ingham County
  • Chainsaw Safety Training – with MSU, Darling Forestry, MFA, Women Owning Woodland and Dewitt Tree Care
  • Free Well water screening through the MAEAP
  • Forest monitoring – ICD participates in the Eyes on the Forest Program
  • Milkweed Pod Collection – ICD assisted with this 5-county wide collection initiative to support pollinators
  • Green Schools Program – the ICD certified 7 Michigan Green schools in 2019
  • Native Tree Trail planted at the ICD with the help of Dansville HS Students
  • 6 miles of walking trails and 200 acres of publically accessible green space
  • A new mountain bike trail is under development
  • Conservation outreach and education at over 30 local events

In addition to the activities listed above, the ICD’s strong partnership with the Michigan Agriculture and Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides continuous support to local producers as they strive to reduce environmental risk, maintain open spaces and continue their farming heritage.

Your support is crucial to our success in promoting environmental stewardship and a healthier community. We appreciate your time and consideration of how you might support the ICD. Donations of any kind are appreciated but sponsorship of our January 15th Annual Meeting and/or donation of silent auction items for our meeting would be most beneficial at this time. Sponsorships of $100 or more will be recognized at the Meeting as well as on our Facebook Page, Newsletter and Website, which together reach thousands of local residents. Sponsors are also welcome to attend this year’s meeting at no cost. Please contact Michelle with any questions about ICD activities or how to best contribute your time and resources. Thank you! 

Michelle Beloskur
Executive Director
Ingham Conservation District