We are dedicated to helping all land users wisely manage the natural resources of Allegan County. We strive to achieve this in an economically feasible way through working partnerships to sustain the natural resources for future generations.

Thank You

In accordance with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), our office will remain closed until further notice.

For assistance, please email the following:

  • Laura Smith, District Manager – laura.smith@macd.org
  • Mike Ludlam, MAEAP Technician – mike.ludlam@macd.org
  • Brian Talsma, Watershed Technician – brian.talsma@macd.org

Thank you for your understanding. Please stay safe and healthy!

savanna landscape

The Allegan Conservation District is wrapping up a two year project restoring oak savanna in the Allegan State Game Area. Now that these areas have been restored, they can be more easily maintained using techniques like prescribed fire.

Read the project summary here

Our Board of Directors meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 5 pm at the Allegan District Library. Allegan County residents are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Forestry Program

The Forestry Program made available through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, has two components: The Forestry Assistance Program and the Qualified Forestry Program. Take a look at the program pages or our Forester Ben Savoie to learn more.


MAEAP Verification

This Proactive voluntary program is an important part of agricultural conservation work in Michigan. If you are a producer of any size or any commodity interested in turning heads of consumers, consider looking at MAEAP certification.


Sediment Reduction Programs

Through the Great Lake Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (GLSNRP) grants, we will help farmers implement conservation practices throughout part of the Rabbit River and Gun River watersheds for the purpose of reducing agricultural pollutants flowing into the waterways.