Lenawee Conservation District

"Your Land, Your Water, Your Michigan"

Lenawee Conservation District - Working locally to solve local resource issues


Welcome Lee Andre, newly elected member to the Lenawee Conservation District Board of Directors at the recent District Annual Meeting.  Lee replaces Matt Ruesink, who stepped down. Also congratulations to Joe Gust, incumbent Board member re-elected for another term.

Take a look at Farmer Led Conservation and how farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) are making changes to protect lake Erie, courtesy of the Erb Family Foundation. (Featured is Wayne, and son Pete Dinius, from Wayne Dinius Farm.)

View the video here: Farmer Led Conservation

Farmer-Led Watershed Conservation-Southeast Region Meeting: Thursday, February 22, 2018  RSVPs Requested.

View all the details on "Events" page

Invasive Species Program Launched

Visit the website below regarding the new "Eyes on the Forest" program being launched by Michigan State University to help inform residents about the risk and impact of invasive forest pests: 


Have Some Healthy Fun for a Good Cause

Enter the Water Quality 5K Run & Walk

March 28, 2018  See "Events" page for the details and how to sign up.

Pesticide Exam Review Class

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

River Raisin Rm., MSU Extension, Adrian, MI

See "Events" page for details

2018 Tree Sale Fundraiser 

The 2018 Tree Sale Fundraiser is going on now through March 12th!  Check out all the items available, including beautiful daylilies, by clicking on the "Tree Sale" tab. Order forms can be printed out as well.  Quantities are limited so be sure to get your order in promptly.

District Grants

View all the funding opportunities that the Lenawee Conservation District has for Best Management Practices by clicking on the grant application below:

BMP Grant Application

The Lenawee Conservation District was recently awarded grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission to work with farmers within Lenawee County on potential improvements toward water quality and the impact to Lake Erie. These projects are in an effort to meet the State of Michigan's phosphorus reduction goals of 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2025 within the River Raisin.  Farmers have the ability to receive some assistance to incorporate the following Best Management Practices (BMPs) in targeted watersheds: Drainage Water Management Structures, Buffer Strips, Saturated Buffers, Blind Inlets, and GPS Nitrogen sensors.

In addition, farmers in the process of working towards MAEAP verification have the potential to receive a cost share grant for up to $500 to assist with the verification.  This is on a "first come, first served" basis until the funds are exhausted.

If interested in applying for any of the above, please contact the Lenawee Conservation District office at 517-263-7400 Ext. 3 for an application, or click here for an application.

Established in 1946, Lenawee Conservation District is an independent county level resource assisting residents, producers, and communities to help resolve natural resource concerns.  The District is self-funded, serving the public with revenue obtained through an annual tree and shrub fundraiser sale, grants, and County appropriations.

Lenawee Conservation District works with a variety of other local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to accomplish greater results in conservation and protection of our local natural resources.

As a result of the Dust Bowl in the 1920s from severe erosion due to negatively impacting farm practices, Congress established the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which directed money toward programs that would help protect natural resources and empower landowners to become better stewards of the land.  But with no delivery approach for the federal programs, Congress realized that a local level organization was needed to help promote conservation programs available to agricultural landowners.  Thus, a Conservation District Law was established, allowing communities to elect their own county conservation district boards, which would partner with the federal agencies and serve as the storefront and information center for available conservation programs and assistance.

Lenawee Conservation District, 1100 Sutton Rd., Adrian, MI  49221

(517) 263-7400 Ext. 3


   Thank you to the following Center for Excellence

2017 Crop Day sponsors:

Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

Corn Marketing Program of Michigan

Michigan Wheat Program

Great Lakes Commission

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality


Crop Production Services - Blissfield & Morenci

Farmer-Led Watershed Conservation/Erb Family Foundation

Great Lakes Hybrids

GreenStone Farm Credit Services

Lenawee Community Foundation

Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Inc.


Soil Health Partnership

USDA-NRCS Michigan