Quick StatsOfficial Name: Missaukee Conservation District
Year Founded: 1949
Chairman: Larry Thompson
Headquarters: Lake City, MI, USA
Mission: To promote the wise stewardship of natural resources, through education, planning and technical assistance.
Language Spoken: English
Founders: Ben Shetenhelm, Tom Berghouse, Ralph Baas, Henry Doll, and Wilford Coffey
# Countries Active: USA
Official Website: http://www.missaukeecd.org
Areas of Focus: Agriculture and Farming, Conservation, Ecology, Terrestrial Ecosystems, Water
Organisation Type: Government Agency
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Missaukee Conservation District
The Missaukee Conservation District was formed in 1949 by a group of area farmers-Ben Shetenhelm, Tom Berghouse, Ralph Baas, Henry Doll, and Wilford Coffey- with the intent of working with local landowners to conserve soil and water resources and to prevent and control erosion. The District is still committed to that goal with a mission to provide for the care, informed usage, and protection of natural resources by creating awareness of conservation issues and by being the leader in providing innovative assistance.
The Missaukee Conservation District has five (5) Directors that are elected by the constituents of Missaukee County who possess a valid Michigan ID and are over the age of 18. Directors make decisions regarding the District’s programs and activities. The directors hire qualified staff to conduct and carry out the programs and activities that they have approved. These programs provide technical assistance, information, and awareness to assist individuals in the District to properly manage their natural resources.
There are 79 Conservation Districts in Michigan that are the local providers of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan.
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.