The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Environmental Stewardship Division recently awarded 95 grants totaling $6.5 million to 57 Michigan Conservation Districts – including two locally – for fiscal year 2021.
The funding will help implement voluntary conservation programs on private lands.
The agency awarded $76,000 to Branch Conservation District and $71,000 to Cass Conservation District.
Conservation districts are local government entities that work to enhance and conserve soil, water, wildlife and other natural resources in their local communities.
MDARD Director Gary McDowell said conservation district staff members bring expertise and assistance to farmers and landowners in the farthest corners of Michigan’s peninsulas.