A Little About the District...

In recent years, land use patterns have changed dramatically. Private lands have been repeatedly divided, creating new landowners with little or no knowledge of land and resource management. Urban expansion poses a variety of problems, from threatening plant and animal habit to compromising water quality. Common construction practices often accelerate erosion, thereby allowing sediment to wash into waterways. Homeowners often use excessive fertilizers and pesticides in their yards, which can end up in the waterways.

​For over 60 years, the Ogemaw County Conservation District has helped land users and farmers by supplying assistance to apply conservation practices to the land. The Conservation District concept was developed to enlist the cooperation of landowners and other land users.
District Staff:
The Ogemaw Conservation District  
is governed
by a locally elected Board of Directors  the members include: 

Board​ of Directors
Gus Chutorash, Chairman
Jim Bristol, Secretary
Tony Rosebrough, Treasurer
Terry Fritz, Director
Dave Green and Brad Kartes
Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 by conference call until further notice. 
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Office Staff
Donita Charron, Administrator

Jane Illig, Office Manger

Sarah Itchue: MAEAP Technician

Hunter Dickinson, District Forester

NRCS Staff
Mieka Rueger, District Conservationist
Lisa Johnson, Farm Bill Specialist
Ask Us About

  • MAEAP Program
  • Conservation Education
  • Erosion Control
  • Spring & Fall Tree Sales
  • Forestry Assistance
  • Groundwater Protection
  • Ponds/Waterways
  • Reforestation
  • Soils/Land Use Information
  • Surface Water Quality
  • Topographic Maps
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Adult & Children’s Books on Wildlife & Conservation
  • Urban Expansion
  • Opportunities to Volunteer

Hours of Operation

Office Hours: 
8:00 am - 4:30 pm 
Monday - Friday


989-345-5470 ext 5
Office Location:
240 W Wright St

~Our Mission Statement~

It is our mission to reduce wind and water erosion and control sedimentation in water bodies.  To encourage use of effective methods of surface water management.  To control non-point sources of pollution to surface water, ground water and air.  To facilitate land uses and land use changes based on land capabilities and user goals.  To encourage conversion of all mismanaged land to productive use and to enhance and protect the basic ability of the land to produce food and fiber.  To help educate and disseminate information to the public on environmental issues pertinent to our District, State and World.
~Vision Statement~

As a local unit of Government, we have the capacity to bring diverse groups of citizens together to solve local resource porblems.  We will join with these groups as well as any and all landowners in our District to help encourage stewardship responsibilities of our natural resources.  We will continue to help educate the public on environmental issues pertinent to our District, State and World.
Ogemaw CD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.

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 Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, handicap access, etc.) should contact Mieka Rueger at 989-345-5470 ext. 3, at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

Board Meeting Updates
August 27: 5 pm, Camp Timbers
September 18: 7 pm, OCD Office