Rabbit River Watershed Pay-For-Performance Program

Allegan Conservation District has funds to help farmers implement conservation practices on up to 4,500 acres of land in the Rabbit River Watershed for the purpose of reducing agricultural pollutants flowing into the watershed. Practices covered through this grant include including cover crop, exclusion fencing, filter strips, mulch-till, and no-till. This program will use a […]

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2017 Tree Seedling Sale

Orders for the 2017 Tree Seedling Sale are due by March 31, 2017. Pick-up is on April 22, 2017, at the Allegan Tech Center (2891 116th Ave/M-222). Or, if you would like to order by mail, or would like to have the 2017 order form and plant description sheet available for reference, you can print […]

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Meet the Maple Nemesis

This post is by Bill Cook, MSU Extension Forester/Biologist.  Mr. Cook can be contacted at cookwi@msu.edu. The Asian long-horned beetle has the potential to inflict forest damage in epic proportions, the likes of which we have not seen since chestnut blight forever changed the character of forests in eastern North America.  Early observations of this beetle […]

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On-Farm MAEAP Field Day Draws Great Crowd

The Allegan Conservation District and the Allegan County Farm Bureau just held an on-farm field day at Gold Coast Farms in Fennville on Wednesday, June 10.  Funding for this program was provided by the Michigan Farm Bureau to the Allegan County Farm Bureau.  Mike Ludlam, the Allegan Conservation District’s Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician, coordinated […]

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Three Allegan County Schools Receive Michigan Green School Award

Three schools located in Allegan County recently became proud recipients of the Michigan Green Schools award thanks to the dedication of students and staff. Bentheim Elementary School (Hamilton), Douglas Elementary School, and Allegan High School received the awards due to their commitment to environmental education in the classroom.  Each school committed to performing a minimum […]

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Consumers Energy, Michigan International Speedway provide trees for local planting

On Friday, April 24, just over 20 Fennville High School students teamed up with over 20 Fennville 4th graders and the Allegan Conservation District to reforest a section of the Fennville Public School forest property located within the Allegan State Game Area. 650 white pine seedlings sponsored by Consumers Energy and the Michigan International Speedway […]

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Beech Scale Discovered in Allegan County

Article by Shawn Kelly, Conservation District Forester for Allegan, Barry, and Ottawa Counties. Allegan County is now the 25th county within the Lower Peninsula to play host to the exotic pest known as Beech Scale, which in conjunction with an exotic fungus has caused the mortality of millions of American beech trees in Michigan to […]

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