About Us

What is a Conservation District?

wetleaf-webMichigan’s Conservation Districts are “unique” local units of State Government, established to carry out programs for conservation.  Conservation Districts utilize county, state, federal and private sector resources to assist people with the wise use and protection of the natural resources on their lands.

Conservation Districts continually scan the needs of their local communities, work in partnership with others involved in conservation to set local priorities, and develop action plans to solve natural resource problems. The delivery of these efforts by Conservation Districts allows citizens to manage their private lands for a cleaner, healthier Michigan.

The Van Buren Conservation District is governed by a locally elected, five-member Board of Directors. The Directors make decisions regarding the District’s programs and activities and hire qualified staff. The staff provide information, technical assistance, workshops, public education, cost-share opportunities, as well as affordable trees/shrubs to enhance wildlife and reforestation.

For more information about Michigan Conservation Districts, please visit the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts.

A Video of Where It All Began: The Dust Bowl

Our Mission

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

Board Meetings

The Van Buren Conservation District Board of Directors meet the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM at the Van Buren Conservation District Office (1035 E. Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, MI 49079). These meetings are open to the public and residents are welcome.

The Annual Meeting and Board of Director Election takes place in July as a part of our Summer Field Day and Picnic. Please see the calendar for details and Board of Directors page for more information on how to get involved.

Fiscal Year runs October 1 to September 30. Annual Appropriations and Budget meeting is held in September.

2018 Annual Report


Mini-Grant Program

Mini-Grants are available to help support programs and projects that support our local farmers, the environment, and/or natural resources in Van Buren County, Michigan. The Mini-Grant Program is open to all Van Buren County municipalities, community organizations, educational institutions, and partners of the VBCD. Mini-Grant Applications (pdf, pdf fillable) can be submitted any time of year. Grant awards will be announced three times a year – at the April, August, and December Board Meetings. This grant is competitive, and the funds are limited. Please contact AJ Brucks, Executive Director, with any questions and to submit your application.

Other Information

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