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

New Recycling Services!

The VBCD and our partners are excited to bring more recycling opportunities to Van Buren County residents and landowners! Starting January 24, 2023, lithium-ion battery collection sites and a new year-round electronics recycling collection site will open. In partnership with Senior Services of Van Buren County, we have added a second year-round electronics recycling collection site in South Haven. This electronics collection site is in addition to our other year-round electronics collection site in Paw Paw through our partnership with Lakeview Community Thrift Store. This

Farming for the Future 2023 – Registration is Open

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 7, 2023 at the Van Buren Conference Center from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Topics this year will include soil health basics, carbon/nitrogen ratios, no-till strategies with break-out sessions on grazing, grain, and perennial fruit crops. A MAEAP Phase 1 credit will be available for attendees along with RUP credits.

2023 Backyard Symposium Webinar Series

The Van Buren Conservation District is excited to announce that we are once again hosting a virtual Backyard Symposium! The series is called “Building a Better Backyard: Branching Beyond Your Backyard.” This is an online speaker series hosted on Zoom in which folks have been invited to talk about a host of topics that connect people with the wildlife and environment around us. Recordings will be edited and posted on our YouTube Channel after the week of live presentations.  Each day (Monday through Thursday)

Notice of Meeting to Organize: January 2023

To all residents and landowners of Van Buren County, notice is hereby given that the Van Buren Conservation District will hold a regular board meeting to organize the board for 2023 on January 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the Van Buren Conservation District office (1035 E. Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, MI 49079). If you have any questions, please call 269-633-9054 or email Emilly Hickmott, Deputy Administrator Van Buren Conservation District


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Category: General 10:00 am: VBCD December 14, 2022 Rescheduled Board Meeting

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Category: General All day: Christmas Day

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  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, January 25, 2023 – VBCD January 25, 2023 Regular Board Meeting
  • 2:00 pm 3:00 pm, February 6, 2023 – 2023 Backyard Symposium
  • 2:00 pm 3:00 pm, February 7, 2023 – 2023 Backyard Symposium
  • 2:00 pm 3:00 pm, February 8, 2023 – 2023 Backyard Symposium
  • 2:00 pm 3:00 pm, February 9, 2023 – 2023 Backyard Symposium
  • All day, February 20, 2023 – President's Day