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.
The Ogemaw Conservation District
by a locally elected Board of Directors the members include:
Board of Directors
Gus Chutorash, Chairman
Todd Johnson, Vice Chairman
Jim Bristol, Secretary
Tony Rosebrough, Treasurer
Terry Fritz, Director
Associate Directors, Greg Illig,
Dave Green and Brad Kartes
Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 at the USDA Service Center in West Branch
Donita Charron, Administrator
Hannah Mikazes: MAEAP Technician
Kelly Sinnaeve, District Forester
Mieka Rueger, District Conservationist
Lisa Johnson, Farm Bill Specialist
Ask Us About
- Soils/Land Use Information
- Adult & Children’s Books on Wildlife & Conservation
- Opportunities to Volunteer
Hours of Operation
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday
989-345-5470 ext 5
240 W Wright St
West Branch, MI 48661
~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.
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.
Ogemaw Conservation District's
August 24th, 2019
YMCA Camp Timbers 12-5 pm
Annual Meeting March 26, 2018
Holy Family Parish Hall 6 p.m.
Ogemaw Conservation District
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.
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