Van Buren Conservation District

Covid-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent uptick in cases in Michigan, the Van Buren Conservation District is primarily working from home. Email is the best way to reach us, as we are checking voicemails infrequently. Please visit the staff link to obtain the staff member's email address that is appropriate for your inquiry. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we do our part to keep our staff and the rest of the community safe!

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The mission of the Van Buren Conservation District is to promote the conservation of natural resources through partnerships, providing public education, demonstrations, and technical assistance while working together for future generations.

Board Meetings are open to the public and are the fourth Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The meetings start at 10:00 AM at the VBCD office (1035 E Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, MI 49079), unless otherwise noted.

Recent News

Kal-Haven Trail Clean Up

We invite volunteers to join us Sunday, September 18th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM for our Kal-Haven Trail Clean Up event! We will meet at the Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park (take Blue Star Hwy North of Phoenix Rd., turn to take E Wells St. West, and exit the roundabout on the first right to head North onto Bailey Ave.) parking lot in South Haven and start picking up trash from there. The Van Buren Conservation District has a long history of getting out

Fall Field Day

The Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD) is holding a Fall Field Day focused on nutrient efficiency for growers on September 7th from 9:00 AM to noon at Kolberg Family Farms (56958 68th Ave., Lawrence, MI 49064). Attendees can expect free breakfast and refreshments. The Fall Field Day brings together speakers from the VBCD who will discuss a wide range of topics concerning field crop farmers. Some topics that will be presented are the nutrient sources (timing and replacement), maximizing plant health, cover crops, no-till, equipment,

Healthy Water Week 2022

Have you wondered how you can help keep Van Buren County’s water, land, and air healthy? If so, we hope you’ll join us at the Van Buren Conservation District’s “Healthy Water Week” event to be held from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5 at the Van Buren Conservation District Office (USDA Center), 1035 E Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, MI 49079. The event is free and open to the public, and we will provide information, snacks, and take-home activities for

MAEAP Fruit Field Day

The Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD) is holding a MAEAP Fruit Field Day for fruit growers on August 10th from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Oxley Farms (29001 CR 358, Lawton, MI 49065). Attendees can expect free dinner and refreshments. The MAEAP Fruit Field Day brings together speakers from the VBCD who will discuss a wide range of topics concerning fruit farmers. Some topics that will be presented are the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), cover crops in fruit rows, Farm Bill cost-share

Events

Events in October 2022

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
September 25, 2022 September 26, 2022 September 27, 2022 September 28, 2022(1 event)

10:00 am: VBCD September 28, 2022 Regular Board Meeting

September 29, 2022 September 30, 2022(1 event)

All day: Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Fall Conference: Seeds of Hope

October 1, 2022(1 event)

All day: Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum Fall Conference: Seeds of Hope

October 2, 2022(1 event)

1:00 pm: Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program - Insect Collection

October 3, 2022 October 4, 2022 October 5, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 7, 2022 October 8, 2022
October 9, 2022 October 10, 2022(1 event)

All day: Indigenous People's Day

October 11, 2022 October 12, 2022 October 13, 2022 October 14, 2022 October 15, 2022(1 event)

9:00 am: Van Buren Recycle Roundup Collection in Lawrence

October 16, 2022 October 17, 2022 October 18, 2022 October 19, 2022 October 20, 2022 October 21, 2022 October 22, 2022
October 23, 2022 October 24, 2022 October 25, 2022 October 26, 2022(1 event)

10:00 am: VBCD October 26, 2022 Regular Board Meeting

October 27, 2022 October 28, 2022 October 29, 2022
October 30, 2022 October 31, 2022 November 1, 2022 November 2, 2022 November 3, 2022 November 4, 2022 November 5, 2022
  • 1:00 pm 5:00 pm, October 2, 2022 – Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program - Insect Collection
  • All day, October 10, 2022 – Indigenous People's Day
  • 9:00 am 2:00 pm, October 15, 2022 – Van Buren Recycle Roundup Collection in Lawrence
  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, October 26, 2022 – VBCD October 26, 2022 Regular Board Meeting
  • All day, November 11, 2022 – Veteran's Day
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