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
Todd Johnson, Vice Chairman
Jim Bristol, Secretary
Tony Rosebrough, Treasurer
Mark Beck, Director
Associate Directors, Greg Illig, 
Dave Green and Brad Kartes

Office Staff
Donita Charron, Administrator
Amanda Brown, MAEAP Technician
Lora Freer, 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


Office Location:

240 W Wright St
West Branch, MI 48661

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Calendar of Events 2015

Thursday January 29th: How to Enroll in Conservation Programs- A detailed workshop outlining available NRCS Farm Bill Programs, Forestry Programs, and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).  
~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.
Ogemaw Conservation District's 
Click above for a list of this Years Meetings
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Next Board Meeting:
February 2nd, 2015 
7 p.m. at the
USDA Service Center

Annual Meeting March 30, 2015

Ogemaw Conservation District

Hello to all,
My name is Amanda Brown and I am the new Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) technician here at the Ogemaw Conservation District.  I have strong ties to agriculture being from a rural community and working on a dairy operation for over 8 years as well as a well-rounded knowledge of on-farm natural resource management techniques.  I will be serving agricultural producers in Arenac, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda, and Roscommon counties.  I am honored to be a part of this great program designed to help agricultural producers reduce their legal and environmental risk through this voluntary, comprehensive and proactive program.  If you would like to know more about the program or myself, feel free to call the office at (989)343-0923 or send an email to amanda.brown@macd.org.  Thank you!!
Well Screening Information Sheet 2015