Van Buren Conservation District

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

Farming for the Future 2024 – Session Descriptions Available

Farming for the Future is an annual educational event for local farmers and is a great opportunity to learn from agricultural specialists, educators, researchers, businesses, and other farmers. This year’s event is scheduled for March 13, 2024 at the Van Buren Conference Center from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. This year, we will have Dr. Alan Franzluebbers as our keynote speaker. His research focuses on soil ecology and management for development of more sustainable agricultural systems. Alan has a Ph.D. and is a research ecologist for the

Join Us! 2024 Naturalist Events

The Van Buren Conservation District is excited to begin announcing our Naturalist Events with our partners. Join our naturalists during hikes and paddles! Learn about the world around you- plants, animals, insect, environments, and so much more. Ask questions, learn interest facts, and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors! Our first naturalist event is coming soon, and we’ll add more as the year goes on. We hope you’ll join us!  2 March 2024 | Winter Walk with a Naturalist | Partnering with Van Buren District

Farming for the Future 2024 – Brochure Available

Farming for the Future is an annual educational event for local farmers and is a great opportunity to learn from agricultural specialists, educators, researchers, businesses, and other farmers. This year’s event is scheduled for March 13, 2024 at the Van Buren Conference Center from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. This year, we will have Dr. Alan Franzluebbers as our keynote speaker. His research focuses on soil ecology and management for development of more sustainable agricultural systems. Alan has a Ph.D. and is a research ecologist for the

Notice of Special Meeting: 31 January 2024

Notice is hereby given that the Van Buren Conservation District will hold a special meeting to discuss District strategic planning. The special meeting will be held on 31 January 2024 at 10:30 AM at the Paw Paw Township Hall (114 N Gremps St., Paw Paw, MI 49079).   Upon request to the District Executive Director, the District shall make reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities to be able to participate in this meeting. If you have any questions, please call 269-633-9054 or email director@vanburencd.org.

Events

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Category: General 10:00 am: VBCD November 9, 2022 Rescheduled Board Meeting


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Category: General 11:30 am: VBCD November 9, 2022 Special Board Meeting


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Category: General All day: Veteran's Day

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  • All day, February 21, 2024 – Staff Team Building Day
  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, February 28, 2024 – VBCD February 28, 2024 Regular Board Meeting
  • 11:00 am 1:00 pm, March 2, 2024 – Winter Walk with a Naturalist | Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve
  • 8:30 am 3:30 pm, March 13, 2024 – Farming for the Future 2024
  • 6:00 pm 7:00 pm, March 26, 2024 – "Gardening With Native Plants" Presentation
  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, March 27, 2024 – VBCD March 27, 2024 Regular Board Meeting
  • March 31, 2024 – Tree Sale Pre-orders Due
  • 9:00 am 1:00 pm, April 6, 2024 – Volunteer Opportunity: Tree Seedling Wrapping
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