- Tree Farm planning, enrollment and inspection.
- Assistance with Tax Programs such as Qualified Tax Act and Commercial Forest Act.
- Guidance with Government cost share programs
Conservation assistance from NRCS can benefit your operation in a number of ways:
- Save Time and Money - Conservation practices promoted by NRCS can help you maintain the productivity of your land while using less fuel and chemicals.
- Peace of Mind - Sound conservation practices reduce your risk of litigation.
- Conserve Natural Resources - The ultimate goal of NRCS is to ensure that our nature resources will be preserved for future generations.
How do I get started?
- Visit your local NRCS field office or Ogemaw Conservation District to set up an appointment to talk with a consrvationist to help you develop your plan.
- A confidential, proactive and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
- Designed to reduce farmers' legal and environmental risks by complying with Right to Farm, GAAMPS and state and federal laws
Natural Resource Services
NRCS - Natural Resource Conservation Service
The Forest Assistance Program will help landowners and managers make contacts with private consultants, industry or other agencies to achieve management goals.
Our forester, Hunter Dickinson, will be available to answer questions at no cost by phone or by appointment.
The Goal of our Forestry Assistance Program is to educate and assist landowners and managers with:
The Ogemaw Conservation District is the "gateway" to the local community. The District keeps abreast of community needs and works in partnership with others involved in conservation. We work to set local priorities and develop action plans to solve natural resource problems.
We provide a variety of services including:
If you have any question concerning deliveries, pick-ups or prices, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly customer service staff will help find the best solutions for you.
- Three-phase program includes education, confidential on-farm risk assessment and confidential on-farm verification.
- Three different systems look at different aspects of the farm: Farm*A*Syst, Livestock*A*Syst, and Crop*A*Syst.
- For more information about the program, you can contact Clara Shattuck at the Ogemaw Conservation District or visit maeap.org
Michigan Agriculture Envrionmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)
The Natural Resource Conservation Service is a technical agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Agency was established in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service to carry out continuing programs of soil and water conservation. In partnership with local Conservation Districts, NRCS is charged with promoting and supporting conservation on private lands. Working with NRCS is always a voluntary decision on the part of a landowner.
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•Tree planting information and assistance with species and site selection.
•Forest management planning and plan writing.
•Forest Health Assessments.
•Harvesting, thinning and forest industry information and contacts.
•Wildlife habitat enhancement, protection and restoration.
Helpful Natural Resource Links
Helpful Agency Information
Helpful Organization Information
Ogemaw Conservation District
For $20, the Conservation District can assist and provide landowners with soil sample kits. The most basic soil samples will show levels of organic matter, available Phosphorus, exchangeable Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, soil pH, Buffer pH, Cation Exchange Capacity, and percent base saturation of Cations. Knowing this can help landowners get better success with basic gardening, food plots, and so much more. Please contact the Conservation District for more info.