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Conifer seedlings at the Peterson's Riverview Nursery in Allegan, MI 

By Megan DeLeeuw, Executive Director

Happy autumn everyone! Our fall season typically begins with the start of our new fiscal year and with the completion of our ever-expanding Fall Tree & Native Plant Distribution! On October 2nd we distributed over 4,500 native plants and 7,300 conifer trees at the Farm Council Grounds in partnership with Water Resources Commissioner's Office staff and 20 amazing volunteers! I've included a link to the family run and MAEAP verified tree nursery we source our beautiful conifer transplants form on the west side of the state. Read all about the Peterson family and their farm above.

This month we want to highlight the work of conservation easements in our county. Washtenaw County voters have  important millage renewals to consider related to land use and easements this fall. We've asked Remy Long to provide an update on the Greenbelt Program and have provided a link to Washtenaw County's Natural Areas Preservation Program. We hope this information helps you to have a better understanding of the work currently being done in the county.

Look for more details on our 2021 programming and events starting next month!

True Conservation Happens at the Nexus of ‘Protection’ and ‘Management’

Remy Long, Manager of the City of Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program

Since 1935, Washtenaw County has lost 223,785 acres of farmland. Since 2007, Michigan averaged losses of 2 acres every hour or 2 farms each day. Within 10 years, approximately 35% of all Michigan farmers will retire. While these impacts to the region’s farming landscape and culture have been significant, Washtenaw County is fortunate to have several land conservation groups working to address these challenges. One example if the City of Ann Arbor’s Greenbelt Program.

Read more on the Greenbelt
Upper-Middle Huron Survey

By Nick Machinski, MAEAP Technician

A new Watershed Management Plan is being proposed by the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) for the Upper-Middle portion of the Huron River. As a partner in this project, WCCD is seeking the thoughts and opinions of farmers and landowners who reside or rent ground within the are of the watershed. More specifically, the area in question is the Mill Creek watershed, Honey Creek Watershed, as well as a stretch of the Huron River north of the Barton Pond Dam. Your thoughts and opinions will help inform HRWC, WCCD and other partners as to the concerns people face regarding to the watershed.

Below is a link to a survey for those who reside or rent ground within the watershed. We ask that ONLY those who meet that criteria fill out the survey. The survey is completely anonymous, and results will be aggregated when presented. If you are unsure if you reside in this area you can check by going to the following map, clicking the search option, and entering your address.

Survey Link: Upper-Middle Huron Survey

Map Link: Upper-Middle Huron Map

We appreciate your anticipated participation!

Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP)

The Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP) was established in 2000 by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners through the passage of Natural Areas Ordinance No. 128, and funded with the County-wide NAPP Millage, a 10-year Âź mill tax. In 2010, voters chose to renew the millage, and it is on the ballot for renewal again in November 2020.

Getting Started With CSP

By Erez Brandvain

The Washtenaw County Conservation District now has a full time Conservation Planner to help you develop a Conservation Plan and enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). CSP is a program through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

Read more on CSP
Upcoming Events

Request your WCCD Absentee Ballot

Starting Monday, November 23rd stop by the office to request an absentee ballot for WCCD Director elections (January 21st) or request one by mail by emailing Must provide a copy of piece of identification showing residency. Only Washtenaw County residents are eligible to vote.

73rd Virtual Annual Meeting, January 21st

2020 Conservation Farmer of the Year, 2020 Beginning or Small Conservation Farmer of the Year and 2020 Tree Conservationist of the Year awardees, Special guests and WCCD Director Election results from absentee ballots counted & winners announced. RSVP and details available December 2020.

2021 Spring Tree, Shrub & Native Plant Catalog

Spring 2021 conservation tree, shrub and plant pre-order forms will be available on the website starting in December 2020. Pre-order forms will be sent with the 2020 Annual Report. To receive a hard copy, please send your mailing address to:

Rain barrels & Composters Available Now

Pre-order rain barrels, diverters, linking hoses, pedastal risers and composters for pick up on Wednesday, October 28th from 12-6 PM at 705 N. Zeeb Rd. This will likely be the last distribution until 2021 so stock up for holiday gifts and preparation for Spring 2021!

Pre-order Rain Barrels & Composters
Washtenaw County Conservation District


705 N. Zeeb Rd

Suite #201

Ann Arbor, MI 48103


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