News and Events

Quick Links


About Us

Programs and Education

Tree and Native Plant Sales

Charlotte Wellhead Protection Team

Equipment Rental


Contact Us


Eaton Conservation District | Promote Your Page Too



ECD has a new Website - Visit us at to visit the site. 


ECD recognized for Statewide Excellence

Eaton Conservation District is both excited and humbled to be recognized as a leading provider of conservation programs locally and statewide. ECD received multiple awards for excellence at the recent Michigan Association of Conservation Districts annual convention held in Lansing, MI from November 7th-9th.

Andrea Stay received the MACDE award for "Administrator of the Year". Jennifer Silveri received the MDARD award "Most risk reductions completed on farms" through the MAEAP program and ECD won Grand Host of the Year for support and leadership to our local MAEAP Program.  For more information, please read the full release here. 

Keith Moss awarded Statewide "Friend of Conservation" award from Michigan Association of Conservation Districts

 Click here for full release

Notice:  Annual Meeting and Election, January 24th, 2013.

To all residents of the Eaton Conservation District, notice is hereby given that on the 24th day of January of 2013, between the hours of 12 noon and 3 p.m., at the Eaton Area Senior Center at 804 S. Cochran in the City of Charlotte, an annual meeting will be held. For more information, please contact the Conservation District Office located at 551 Courthouse Dr., Charlotte, phone 517-543-5848 x 5.
On the 11th of December, 2012, being 45 days prior to the date of the annual meeting, absentee ballots are available for voting in this election by writing or calling the Conservation District Office located at 551 Courthouse Drive, Ste 3, Charlotte, MI 48813, (517) 543-5848 x 5 during the regular business hours of the district which are between the hours of 8am and 4:30 pm.

Notice is also hereby given to all residents who are desiring to run for Conservation District Director in this election: petitions signed by at last five (5) residents of the Conservation District must be filed at the Conservation District Office before close of business on November 26th, 2012, being sixty(60) days prior to the annual meeting.
Residents are individuals of legal age who can demonstrate residency in the Conservation District via one (1) piece of identification.

Bill Bradford, Chair of the Board of Directors, Eaton Conservation District 

Enter the photo contest today!  Click here for more info.  Entries due Oct 5th.

Watershed Position Posted!

ECD has posted a watershed position  Click here to learn more.


Soil to Spoon Poster Contest


ECD is looking for artists!  Please enter the Soil to Spoon Poster contest View Flyer or download entry form.


River Clean Ups announced!

ECD has posted the dates for the fall River Clean-ups!  Click here to learn more.  While you are at it, stop over to the site to learn about why it is so important to protect your watershed!   

GM Foundation Supports MACD and ECD Conservation Programming

Lansing, MI: With the help of GM Lansing Operationsthe General Motors Foundation will provide $5,000 to support the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and the Eaton Conservation District to focus on the care and management of Michigan's natural resources.  Click here to learn more!

Free Water Testing for Nitrates at Eaton County Fair  Click here for water sampling form 

Free Drinking Well Water Sampling!!
Drop your samples off at Farm Bureau Tent at the County Fair
Monday July 9th
The Eaton Conservation District, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and Eaton County Farm Bureau will sponsor a free domestic drinking water well screening during the Eaton County Fair, July 9th from 1-5:30 pm. Those that wish to have their well water tested free of charge can bring water samples to the Farm Bureau Tent at the county Fair.
Samples from drinking water wells will be screened for nitrate and nitrite. The screening is open to everyone who uses a personal well for drinking water. Bring your samples to The Farm Bureau tent at the Fair on July 9th. Information and forms should be filled out in advance and are available at: the Eaton Conservation District office, the Eaton County Farm Bureau office and online at This service is for private drinking water wells only. Public water supplies are tested regularly. Please do not bring samples from public water supplies or non-drinking water sources. Only drinking water well samples will be tested. You do not have to use a special bottle for this screening. Any small clean jar will work—one ounce of water is enough.
Please follow the directions below to sample your well. Collect samples just before getting them to the sample drop-off. Samples must be less than 48 hours old for a valid nitrate result.
1.Fill out the water Sample Information Sheet.
2.Pick a tap that supplies water that has not run through any treatment devices (water softener, carbon filter, etc.). An outdoor faucet often works well.
3.Run the water for 20-30 minutes before collecting the sample. This will give the pump time to flush the water pressure tank and plumbing so you can collect a valid sample. Disconnect any hoses before collecting the sample; do not sample through a hose. Rinse the sample bottle and lid thoroughly in the water to be sampled; then fill and cap the bottle.
4.Label the bottle clearly with your name, the sampling date, and the well name (cottage well, Mom's well, etc.) using a waterproof pen. Put the sample information sheet into a waterproof bag, and then seal the water sample and the information into a second waterproof bag.
5.Keep the sample dark and cold (on ice or refrigerated) until it is dropped off.
All results are confidential. You will get your results onsite at the Farm Bureau Tent as well as information on what to do should nitrite or nitrates show up in your drinking water. If you are perusing MAEAP verification brings your water samples in for screening. If no Nitrates are detected you may be exempt from having to pay for Nitrate sampling at the State Lab. Ask Jen for more details.
Please fill out the Sample Information Sheet completely and bring it with your water sample to the drop-off. You can get more information from The Eaton Conservation District Office at 517-543-5848 ext 5, or from your local MAEAP technician, Jen Silveri at 517-543-5848 ext 112 or jennifer.silveri@mi.nacdnet.

Native Plant Sale June 7th

Volunteers needed for Macroinvertebrate Sampling and ID - Volunteers from the community are asked to help us identify the health of our local streams.  Help is needed in collecting samples and sorting the samples.  Click here for more information. 

Planting with Natives - workshop May 31st - 7-9pm  call to register!!

Tree Sale order form available  Place your order today for trees and shrubs.  Visit the Trees and Native Plant Sales Page to learn more! 

Eaton CD announces Workshops ECD is organizing several workshops.  The Wildlife Habitat workshop will take place March 20th from 7-9 at the basement conference room at 551 Courthouse Drive, Charlotte, MI.  Pruning will be March 13th from 6-8:30 at the Country Mill in Charlotte.  We are also planning a workshop on invasives and native plants for late May. 


Buffers Make Dollars and Sense! Enroll Today!

There is no time like the present to enroll sensitive areas of your field in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP). A common practice used by many farmers in this program is the installation of grass filter strips along a stream bank, county drain or wetland area. The filter strips can range in width from 30 feet to maximum of 120 feet, depending on the landowner’s preference. By installing permanent grass strips along these sensitive areas, you are not only taking marginal ground out of production but you are also being a good steward by improving water quality from runoff in the adjacent field. The CCRP program will pay a per acre annual rent, up to 90% cost-share to plant and a bonus for signing up. Why not get paid for doing your part in improving water quality and keeping soil on the field where it belongs? Contact the Charlotte NRCS office for more information (517) 543-1539 ext.3.



Conservation Reserve Program
Sign-up from March 12th-April 6th.


The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.   To sign-up or learn more, contact the Eaton County FSA office at (517) 543-1512


Eaton CD announces deadline for Photo Contest

October 12th is the deadline for this years photo contest. View form under "programs" then "photo contest".

River Clean-ups announced

Click here for more info

Eaton CD featured in national award winning video

The Michigan Farm Bureau was recently awarded the "Best Communication Tool" award for a video produced to describe NRCS conservation programs. Featured in the program: Eaton CD staff Andrea Stay and Rachel Smith, NRCS District Conservationist Karry Trickey, and ECD board member Jim Droscha. Congrats Michigan Farm Bureau!

Down The Drain you GO! is a new game on the Michigan Water Stewardship Program Website

Ever wonder what happens to all of that water going down the drain from your kitchen sink, bathtub, and toilet? Put on your snorkeling gear and join "squeaky" for this fantastic adventure through your home's drainage system. Play today!

Hunter Access And Pheasant Initiative Workshop

Please join us August 10th, 2011 from 6-8pm at the Castleton Twp Hall 915 Reed St, Nashville, MI to learn more about the opportunities in the Hunter Access Program and Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative. More info

GM LDT to raise Funds for ECD programs

Click here to find out more information about the upcoming Woods and Water 5K to be held August 28th at 8am. This is a great chance to experience the beautiful habitat on site.

Paul Henry Trail Dedication

Please join us July 19th to celebrate this new section of trail between Vermontville and Nashville, MI. More information here




Poster Contest Announced

ECD is sponsoring local submissions for the statewide and national poster contest "Forests for the People". Click here to learn more!

Garlic Mustard Pulls planned for Area
Springtime means garlic mustard will begin to pop up throughout Michigan. Please consider participating in a local pull event, or pulling on your own. Contact your local park or nature center to see if they need help! Help us protect our natural arease by pulling as much garlic mustard as possible before it goes to seed. For more info, click here

ECD hiring program Technician
This Conservation District position will deliver the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) through on-farm technical assistance, using farm specific risk assessments, education and conservation plan development to implement practices, and coordinate local, state, and federal agency resources to help reduce identified environmental risks, and make progress toward MAEAP verification. This position was formally known as a Groundwater Technician or Water Stewardship Technician for the Michigan Water Stewardship Program. Recent legislation has combined MWSP and MAEAP. For full posting, click here

Spring Plant Sales

We are gearing up for our Aprl 2011 Tree and shrub sale and have recently announced our May Native Plant Sale. Please visit the plant sales page to find out more!!

Resource Assessment Survey

The Eaton Conservation District is currently working on a Natural Resource Assessment. This endeavor takes place every 5 years. The District is seeking public feedback in order to complete this process. Those who participate will be entered into a drawing for a $50 and $25 Gas Card. Your identity will be kept strictly confidential. To take the survey CLICK HERE

Interactive Water Stewardship Website Launched for Michigan Residents

LANSING, Mich. – March 22, 2011, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and Eaton Conservation District launched an interactive website –– aimed at Michigan residents encouraging them to take voluntary proactive steps to protect Michigan's water quality. “The site and its free online training program assists homeowners across Michigan on how to make simple changes in their daily routine which in turn benefits our water resources,” said MDARD Director Keith Creagh. “The Michigan Water Stewardship website showcases the state’s overall effort to protect Michigan’s abundant water resources and we are pleased to partner with our statewide conservation districts in utilizing this tool locally.” The interactive site features a virtual water cycle flow model showing residents the impacts of real life scenarios as a result of their every day actions on Michigan’s water resources. Also, the local resource section provides a gateway to local environmental events and volunteer opportunities statewide.

March Workshops Coming Up

Call our office to RSVP

Spring Tree Sale Catalog Available

Click here to go to the tree sale page and to view catalog and information about upcoming workshops, programs, and events!

ITC Sponsors "Go Green Youth Challenge"

ITC Corporation has stepped up to contribute $10,000 to the youth tree planting campaign. Eaton CD administers the statewide Michigan Arbor Day Alliance program. Click here for more information

Great resource about water quality!

Water Stewardship Program has created a great resource at

2010 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Click here for information. Top 13 pictures are posted on ECD facebook page!

Annual Meeting Scheduled for Jan 28th, 2011

The Board of Directors cordially invite you to attend the 2011 Annual Meeting and luncheon. The annual meeting will take place from noon-3pm at the Charlotte Senior Center. The guest speaker will be Jim McGrath from Nature Discovery. Tickets are $12 please RSVP by January 17th, 2011.

Online Auction - Make Your Dollar Holler for Conservation

Visit to bid on great items and help raise funds for conservation projects. Auction Items include gift certificates to restaurants, local businesses, and family activities. Auction will run Nov 1st-14th, 2010

Photo Contest


Click here to see info and find entry form



Sep 30th from 6-9pm at the GM Lansing Delta Township Habitat Area
Cost: Free
This will be a great workshop for educators interested in learning ecology and how to incorporate hands-on activities. RSVP to or call (517) 543-5848 x 5



River Clean-ups Scheduled

Thornapple River Clean-up September 18th email to volunteer
Charlotte River Conservation Day - October 2nd email or call (517) 543-5848 x5. Click here for more information about River Clean-up activities.

Woods and Water 5K a Success!

The 5K Run/Walk was a great success. Pictures are posted on our facebook page. Click here for race results and more information

Autumn Farm Field Day - Friday Sep 24th, 2010 9am-2:30

This workshop will provide agricultural producers with knowledge and skills for proper pesticide storage, information about Farm Bill Programs and MORE. Eligible for MAEAP Phase 1 credit and 3 RUP credits . Cost $10 Call (517) 543-5848 x 5 to sign-up

Eaton CD to recieve Watershed Planning Grant

Eaton CD has been selected by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to be funded to develop a watershed management plan for the middle section of the Grand River. Eaton CD will be hiring a full time watershed coordinator to complete this. More info will be coming soon!

Woods and Water 5K Run/Walk

Eaton CD is partnering with GM Lansing Delta Twp on a 5K Run/Walk to benefit conservation programs. More information about the race can be found here

Free Well Water Sampling - June 2010

The Michigan Water Stewardship Program (MWSP) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) will screen drinking water well samples for free during 2010.

The screening is open to everyone in Eaton County who uses a personal well for drinking water; however, the number of samples that can be tested is limited to 68. The local sample drop-off will be held on 6/15/2010, at Eaton Conservation District. For more information call Rachel Dennis, 517-543-5848 ext. 112. For information on how to submit your sample click here.

Charlotte Raingarden Thriving! - May 2010

The Raingarden that was planted along paved areas near the Charlotte Wastewater Treatement last fall is thriving. Over 53 volunteers lent a hand to plant over 500 native plants at the site. This summer we will be mulching and weeding the site and adding an interpretive sign that teaches about the benefits of raingardens and native plants.




Native Plant Sale - May 15th

The Eaton Conservation District is partnering with the Dimondale farm market for our Native Plant Sale May 15th from 10-1pm. This is a great opportunity to get purple coneflower, trillium, Indian grass, and much much more!! Check out the order form on our website at for a list of available species. The pre-order deadline has passed - but there will be a TON of extra plants available for purchase. The Farm Market is located at 136 N. Bridge Street, Dimondale, in the Village parking lot.

Trees and Shrubs planted to stabilize Butternut Creek - May 2010


The Eaton CD hosted 3 volunteer work days in May 2010 to plant trees/shrubs and remove invasive species along the Butternut Creek in Charlotte. Butternut Creek is a tributary to the Thornapple River. Volunteers from the community and Charlotte High School helped to plan over 1,200 plants!

This project also includes planting trees and shrubs in Nashville area at the site of the Dam Removal. If you would like to learn more about upcoming volunteer dates - call (517) 543-5848 x 5

Over 1,100 Students attend Statewide Arbor Day Celebration


The ECD and Michigan Arbor Day Alliance coordinate this annual event at Potter Park in Lansing. Students learn about trees, soil, water, and wildlife. This event is made possible through many partners and sponsors. For more information, visit



Eaton CD Donates Tree Seedlings to Local Schools and Community Groups

Eaton CD donated trees to the following communities this spring. Donations were made to community gardens and to schools to help students understand the benefits of trees to the environment.


  • Potterville
  • Charlotte
  • Eaton Rapids
  • Olivet
  • Bellevue
  • Grand Ledge
  • and MORE!!!

Spring Tree Sale

The Spring tree sale will be April 23rd, 2010 and this year will include booths from Eaton County Resource Recover, Pheasants Forever, and Eaton Farm Bureau Co-op. For more information, click here



Online Auction Raises over $6,000 for local projects

The "Make Your Dolla Holla Online Fundraising Auction" was extremely successful and raised over $6,000 for the Eaton Conservation District and Michigan Arbor Day Alliance. We are considering repeating this fundraiser in the fall. Please contact us at (517) 543-5848 x 5 for more information or to become a donor/sponsor.

Annual Meeting a success!

The Eaton Conservation District’s annual meeting was held on January 28, 2010 at the Charlotte Senior Center. The meeting was a great success with 107 people attending. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Barn Preservation” and also included updates on the Conservation District's many programs. Awards were given to Charlie Harag, Craig Snyder, Kathy Brown, and Rita Black. Door Prizes and Silent Auction items were contributed by MANY local businesses and organizations.





2010 Tree/Shrub Order Form Online!

Click here to see information regarding 2010 Spring tree sale!


2010 Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

The guest speaker will be Jack Worthington from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network.

When: January 28th, 2010 at noon.
Where: Charlotte Senior Center (New location!)
804 S Cochran Ave Charlotte, MI

TICKETS are $12.00
Please RSVP by January 19th, 2010. (517) 543-5848






Online Auction Announcement



Eaton Conservation District is pleased to announce the launch of an online auction.Auction funds will support conservation programs in Eaton County as well as, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance program.Due to the extreme funding situation of the State of Michigan, all funding has been cut to Conservation Districts.The funds raised by the auction will allow Eaton Conservation District to offset this funding situation and continue providing programs for the residents of Eaton County.Auction funds will allow the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance program to grow by sponsoring Project Learning Tree Workshops (environmental education curriculum for K-12 educators), plant trees, free education materials and much more!

Eaton Conservation District will open the auction for bidding beginning March 1st, 2010.The auction will run through the month of March with bidding closing on March 31st, 2010.The goal of the auction is to raise $10,000!!!

Items up for bid may include:

Behind the Scenes WILX News Tour with Jason Colthorp

Landscape Consultation

Civil War Reenactment

Framed and Unframed Wildlife Prints

1 Week Stay in Grand Marais

Gift Basket from Van Atta’s

Certified Arborist Consultation

Job Shadow a Veterinarian

General Motors Plant and Habitat Tour

Once the auction is up and running, Eaton Conservation District will provide the web link for the site.Supporters can receive email announcements regarding the auction.If you would like to be on the list please send and email to

Currently, Eaton Conservation District is searching for auction items.There is no limit to the amount of items or the type of items.Ideas for items include: gas cards, gift baskets, sports paraphernalia, experiences (tours, tickets to events, cooking lessons, wine tasting, etc.), collectibles, vacation stays and anything you can think of!

Supporters of Eaton Conservation District can log on to the online auction and bid on items, make monetary donations, become an auction sponsor and/or provide items for the auction.If you would like further information about auction involvement please contact Rachael Wood, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Coordinator at (517) 543-5848 x5 or



Bill Bradford Awarded MACD Director of the Year

For the time and effort that he spends promoting the District he serves and the field of conservation, the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) recently named Bill Bradfor



d, Vice Chair of the Eaton Conservation District Board of Directors, as the MACD Director of the Year..more information


Volunteers help to Install Raingarden


(Charlotte MI) Fifty three volunteers lent a hand to protect water quality in the Charlotte area. The volunteers worked with the Eaton Conservation District (ECD) and the City of Charlotte to install a raingarden and riprap ditch near the site of the City of Charlotte's Waste Water Treatment Plant. Learn more


Thornapple River Clean-up a Success


9/19/09 Eaton Conservation District helped organize the Nashville/Vermontville section of the Thornapple River Clean-up. We had over 50 volunteers come out and help. Big thanks to Karen and Mike Snyder and the Maple valley students.




Eaton CD seeks award nominations


Conservationist of the Year (Organization, Business, etc)
District Cooperator of the Year (Landowner that has worked with District/NRCS programs)
Educator of the Year NEW
Click here for more info


ECD now on Facebook and Twitter!

Visit us on Facebook or Twitter "EatonCD"

2009 Fall Events Planned

Renewable Energy for the Home and Farm Thursday September 10, 2009 9- 5 PM
There will be speakers in the morning session covering grants for Renewable Energy (RE) Systems for farms, tax credits for farms, small business and home owners and other economics, and to explain the different types of RE systems and how well each works in this area.

Clean Sweep September 11, 2009 9AM-12 Crop Production Service, Woodbury
Clean Sweep is a voluntary program designed to help reduce the human and Environmental impacts of pesticides that are no longer usable. Anyone who has old, banned, unregistered, or otherwise unusable pesticides that need to be disposed of can participate.

Pesticide Education and Recertification Credits Class—MAEAP phase 1 Tuesday September 29, 2009 1-5 PM Clarksville Research Station
Includes: MAEAP Verification information, Indentifying and mapping the environmental sensitive areas around your farm, Pesticide management for Farm Market Crops, Pesticide Storage and Poly tanks, Pesticide Exam Review Questions and Answers.


Fall Tree Sale
The Eaton Conservation District will be offering our second tree sale on Sunday, September 27th, 11AM - 3PM at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Plant. more info

Inaugural Michigan Sustainable Stoup* Competition Sunday, October 25th, 2009 1 pm to 5 pm, Grand Ledge, Michigan*Stoup can be a soup or a stew, or even chili. Hosted by Michigan Envirothon

The Inaugural Michigan Sustainable Stoup statewide cooking contest is open to individuals and restaurants with a focus on local, sustainably raised foods. And it’s for a good cause: a fundraiser for the Michigan Envirothon Program. What could be better than Sustainable Stoup? A Sustainable Stoup Competition along with a Michigan wine, hard cider and beer tasting!

We will have samples from Michigan wineries and breweries along for the event to give everyone attending the full circle Michigan experience. Join us for a taste of Michigan and purchase your ticket online at Ticket includes as many stews and soups as you would like to taste, a souvenir tasting glass and 4 beverage tasting tickets. Tickets are $25 online and will be $30 at the door. If you know of a winery, brewery or cidery that would like to add your taste of Michigan to this event, contact: Ginger Bardenhagen at or 517-930-2121.For more information, please email or visit

Public Meetings Announced for Thornapple River Watershed Management Plan

A draft of the Thornapple River Watershed Management Plan was submitted for review to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on July 10, 2009. The TRW Management Plan assesses water quality conditions throughout the watershed to determine pollution levels, their sources and causes. Where pollution levels impair or threaten water uses, such as drinking water, fisheries, swimming, boating or wildlife habitat, critical areas have been defined and targeted for improvement.

The Draft TRW Management Plan outlines both a strategy for citizen education about watershed issues and a strategy for implementing management practices and policies to reduce non-point source pollution in the watershed. In order to reach the goals identified in the TRW Management Plan, cross-jurisdictional cooperation and support are necessary from agencies, organizations and citizens in the Thornapple River Watershed region.

To best introduce and solicit comments on the Draft TRW Management Plan, a series of informational meetings has been scheduled in August, 2009. All stakeholders and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. Times and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, August 4 Wednesday, August 5
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Barry County Courts Charlotte USDA Service Center
and Law Conference Room Basement Conference Room
206 W. Court Street 551 Courthouse Drive
Hastings, MI 49058 Charlotte, MI 48813

Thursday, August 13
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ada Township Hall
7330 Thornapple River Dr.
Ada, MI 49301


MDEQ Neightborhood Environmental Partnership Award July,09


Eaton Conservation District was recognized for their work with GM Lansing Delta Township (LDT) Facility during the MDEQ's 2008 Neighborhood Environmental Partnership Award Ceremony on July 23rd, 2009. The award is to recognize organizations that team up in the community for environmental conservation and education activities. From left: Senator Patricia Birkholz, Keith Wilson and Bridget Burnell from General Motors, Andrea Stay from the Eaton Conservation District, Steve Chester DEQ Director, and Michael Young NEP Program Director.



Free Water testing at Ag Expo in July 2009

Project Learning Tree Workshop offered for Educators


Eaton CD is partnering up with the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, General Motors, and Project Learning Tree to offer a workshop July 27 & 28, 2009 for educators.

Nashville Dam to be Removed Later this Summer

For information about this project, click here

Interested in Fresh Produce? Head over to a local Farm Market

For a list of Eaton Co Markets and times, click here



RUP Credits Available


The Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program (MGSP) makes available several important services. We can offer you up to 9 Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Credits, help you fulfill your SARA Title III requirements and provide Emergency Planning for your farm, which may save livestock, equipment and lower your insurance rates.

The Farmstead Assessment System (Farm*A*Syst) is a book of work sheets that will help you assess how effectively your farmstead structures, management practices and site conditions protect your water resources. Normally a Farm*A*Syst is conducted about every 3 years, completing a FAS for the first time will get you 4 RUP Credits.

The Crop Assessment System (Crop*A*Syst) will assist you to develop and implement a management plan that prevents contamination of groundwater and surface water resources and maintains economic crop production. Completing a C*A*S will give you 4 RUP Credits.


Completing the Emergency Plan for Farms the first time will provide 1 RUP credit. To find out more, call Kim at the District at 517-543-5848 x 5.




Eaton Conservation District Encourages Soil StewardshipDig It! The Secrets of Soil


Eaton Conservation District encourages you to think about your personal responsibility to be a good steward of all natural resources, including soil, during its annual Stewardship Week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has proclaimed April 26 – May 3, 2009 as Stewardship Week. For more ideas and educational materials, click here

District gears up for a busy month

April is a busy time for the Eaton Conservation District with our Spring Tree Sale, Earth Day, and Arbor Day. Look for us at many events in the community including: organizing the Statewide Arbor Day celebration at Potter park, and participating in Greener Delta and the Eaton Rapids Earth Day celebration, displays set up at local libraries, and much more. We are participating with Greener Delta, Relay for Life, and many local schools to provide seedlings to kids. The Eaton Conservation District houses the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program that works statewide with teachers, schools, municipalities to promote Arbor Day. For more info about arbor day, please go to

2009 Native Plant Sale Order Form Available (click here)

Nashville Dam Slated for Removal

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has awarded the Barry Conservation District (BCD) a $200,000 Inland Fisheries grant for the removal of the Nashville Dam, located just west of M-66 in the Village of Nashville. The dam is one of six on the main stem of the Thornapple River, the others being operational hydroelectric power-producing structures. Dam removal is tentatively scheduled for 2009, pending the receipt of necessary permits and completion of engineering studies. The dam will be replaced by a weir system that will provide a gradual slope to compensate for the height of the existing dam and will allow for fish passage from the upper to lower reaches of the watershed. Questions about the project can be directed to the Barry Conservation District office at (269) 948-8056 ext. 3, or to

2009 Spring Tree Sale Order Form Available (click here)

Upcoming Project Learning Tree Workshop

The Eaton Conservation District and Michigan Arbor Day Alliance are partnering with General Motors LDT to offer a project Learning tree workshop at the GM site and habitat area.

Eaton CD produces 2008 Annual Report

The district has been VERY busy in 2008. Click here to view our annual report.

Eaton CD WINS Community Partner Award

Enhancing a wildlife habitat in the middle of a corporate site is no small feat. That is exactly what Eaton County Conservation District accomplished and its efforts were rewarded with a national recognition. (more)




Annual Meeting planned for January 29th, 2009


The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Eaton Conservation District will take place January 29th, 2009 from noon-3pm at the VFW Hall in Charlotte. The meeting will consist of a wildlife habitat expo, luncheon, and guest speaker. The guest speaker will be Paul Kindel from the Mid-Michigan Land Conservancy.

Tickets are available for $12 (to cover meal) and may be purchased at the District office at 551 Courthouse Drive, Suite 3, Charlotte, MI 48813 or contact us at (517) 543-5848 x 5. Reservation must be received by Jan 21st.

Conservation District Staff and Volunteers monitoring Thornapple River Water Quality

(November 08) The district spent a nice warm November day out near vermontville collecting Macroinvertebrates to monitor river quality. Macroinvertebrates are the insects, crustaceans, and other small “bugs” living on and under rocks and sediment in our local streams. They are relatively immobile and short-lived (less than a year to several years), are sensitive to changes in their environment, and are a powerful indicator of chronic human disturbance. These organisms include insects such as mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. As conditions change in a watershed (such as water temperature, dissolved oxygen, amount of shade, water velocity), changes in the macroinvertebrate community result. Macro Invertebrates make good indicators of habitat conditions, water quality, and overall ecosystem productivity.





Eaton County Conservation District nominated for Wildlife Habitat Council Award


(October 08) The Eaton County Conservation District has been selected as one of five finalists by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) for its Community Partner of the Year Award. The WHC will announce the winner at an awards banquet on November 18, as part of their 20th Annual Syposium in Baltimore, Maryland. Read More


Deadline approaches for Fall Photo Contest


Attention: 5th Grade Teachers - Arbor Day Poster Contest!


Encourage your 5th grade students to design an original poster depicting the 2009 contest theme: “Trees are terrific… in cities and towns!”
State prizes will be awarded to the top three posters and each winner’s school will receive a tree. To be eligible for the State Competition posters must be postmarked by: January 31st, 2009
If you would like additional information, contact Rachael Wood, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance State Program Coordinator at the Eaton Conservation District at 517-543-5848 x 5 or by email at

Battle Creek River River Conservation Day a Success! October 4th 2008

Participants included the Frontier City Flycasters of Charlotte, Eaton Conservation District, City of Charlotte, Battle Creek River Watershed Project, Courthouse Square Association and Charlotte Public Schools. Volunteers were busy in Charlotte picking up litter, removing logjams, labeling storm drains, landscaping, and MORE!


Free lunch and t-shirts were provided and it was a fun and rewarding day. If you are interested in volunteering for this event in the future, please call us at (517) 543-5848 X 5















Cost Share Available for Kalamazoo Watershed Producers

An EPA targeted Watershed Grant has been obtained to install conservation practices in the Battle Creek Waterhsed (part of the larger Kalamazoo river watershed). Conservation practices installed can receive 75% of the cost paid. Conservation practices can make your farm a more productive and competitive business and help conserve Natural Resources. No red tape, no waiting period, simle selection process based on the geographical location of your farm.

Call Rick Pierson at (269) 781-4867 X 37 to learn more!

Fall Conservation Tour - September 12th, 2008

This year's annual Fall tour consisted of a morning Clean Sweep pesticide collection, a tour of the woodbury ethanol plant, discussion of Slow Release Nitrogen, MEAEP Demonstration, and Groundwater Program updates.

    Sponsored by:
  • Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program
  • Eaton & Barry Conservation Districts
  • Michigan State University Extension
  • Ionia County Resource Recovery
  • Crop Production Services, Woodbury

Eaton Conservation District Partners with General Motors LDT and is awarded DEQ Neighborhood Environmental Partners Award - July 31st, 2008

GM Lansing Delta Township and partners - Michigan State University Dept of F&W, and Eaton County Conservation District - received this award for the 2007 Bio-Blitz held at the GM wildlife Habitat Area.

GM worked in cooperation with the Conservation District and Michigan State University to host their first Bio-Blitz August 17th-18th, 2007. The Bio-Blitz was a 24 hour event where local experts and volunteers come out to the Habitat site to survey for all the species they could identify. This gave a “snap-shot” species inventory of the area’s birds, mammals, insects, plants, etc. The final tally was 359 species. The Bio-Blitz was also open to the public and featured three wildlife presentations, guided nature walks, and educational displays and booths. There were over 500 people involved in this event, including attendees, volunteers, and scientists.

GM NEP award

Attention Community Leaders and Partner Organizations
Re: The NEW Eaton Conservation District - Jan 08



The Thornapple Grand Conservation District has changed its name to the Eaton Conservation District. This name change was announced and went into effect at the district Annual Meeting on January 24th, 2008. Since 1946, the District has covered Eaton County, MI. The name change does not change the area covered. The district changed its name to the Eaton Conservation District for several reasons:

  • Better name recognition and visibility in Eaton County.
  • Conformity - Each of the other 78 conservation districts in Michigan are known by their county name.
  • Better ability to market and fundraise which will result in more dollars brought to Eaton County for Conservation practices.

The new name, Eaton Conservation District, will be used immediately on letterhead, brochures, tree sale catalogs, and newsletters. The signs on the county borders will not be changed immediately due to funding, but will gradually be changed.
The Eaton Conservation District will continue to offer existing services and will be constantly seeking new projects, funding opportunities, and ways to serve Eaton County’s Natural Resources.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (517) 543-5848 x 5, email:


Up Coming Workshops:



The Eaton Conservation District hosts a variety of workshops throughout the year. Please check the Conservation Calendar to see upcoming workshops. Some of our past workshops have included:

  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Horses and the Environment
  • Landscaping with Native Plants
  • Basics of Beekeeping
  • Advanced Beekeeping
  • Well and Septic Workshop
  • Fall Ed-Demo Farm Tour
  • Forestry Tour
  • Nature Photography

Send resume, list of references, and letter of interest to:Andrea Stay, 551 Courthouse Drive, Suite 3, Charlotte, MI 48813
Attn: Andrea Stay or email: Please let us know if we may contact your current and/or previous employers.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Application must be received by 4 pm on May 2nd to be considered.

Ecology Workshop for Educators

Go to top