Programs & Services
Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative (MPRI) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
Through a state-wide initiative partnering state agencies and various wildlife organizations, landowners have the opportunity to establish local cooperatives of high quality habitat. Landowners are encouraged to install filter strips, windbreaks, riparian buffers, wetland restorations, water and sediment control basins, grass plantings on highly erodible land within 1000 feet of water to curtail erosion, protect surface water, improve water quality, and improve wildlife habitat. This program is offered for property in the River Raisin Watershed and Bean Creek Watershed in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties. A Farm Bill Biologist can assist with wildlife habitat improvement through site evaluation and planting recommendations. For more information or assistance contact our Farm Bill Biologist, Nathan McNett at (517) 263-7400 Ext. 5580 or via email at: [email protected].
Hunter Access Program (HAP) Program
Michigan's Hunting Access Program was created in 1977 to increase public hunting opportunities in southern Michigan where 97% of the land base is privately owned. Landowners with at least 40 acres are eligible to enroll. HAP landowners can receive up to $25 an acre for allowing hunters to access their land. Landowners can choose which types of hunting are allowed on their land. Options include: All Hunting, Youth & Apprentice Hunting only, Small Game only, Deer only, and Sharptail Grouse only. Landowners can choose more than one option, such as deer and turkey hunting only. Maximum payments will be given for All Hunting or Youth & Apprentice Hunting options. Leases are for a two-year period and annual payments made each spring. The number of hunters using HAP lands must register each time they hunt, in a registration book either at the property or at the landowner's home. The number of hunters allowed on the property at any one time is determined by the total acreage as well as the habitat. HAP offers landowner liability protection and HAP lands are patrolled by conservation officers, with an increased focus on patrolling during the busy fall hunting season.
Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assessment Program (MAEAP)
MAEAP Technicians for Lenawee and Washtenaw counties work with farmers to protect water quality. MAEAP is a free confidential program that allows growers the opportunity to learn about Right to Farm and other agricultural laws. The program consists of a series of questions that the producer answers in the privacy of their farm with the technician present to provide clarification, offer alternatives, tools, and potential cost share options for alleviating any potential concerns. If a farmer meets all agricultural regulations or works to meet them, the state will then grant verified farms the additional protection of any future regulations.
The Lenawee Conservation District will provide up to five FREE soil test kits to producers of any size farm who are willing to sit down and learn more about the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.
In addition, farmers whose fields are in the South Branch of the River Raisin may be eligible for 10 additional free test kits through a partnership the Lenawee Conservation District has with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for "Pay-for Performance".
Contact one of our MAEAP technicians below at (517) 263-7400 + their extension or via email:
Amy Gilhouse, WLEB MAEAP Technician Ext. 5578 or [email protected]
Holden Branch, MAEAP Technician Ext. 5564 or [email protected]
Gordon Nobach, WLEB MAEAP Technician Ext. 5565
CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE
Since its inception in 1996, the Center for Excellence has grown to become a familiar educational platform for agricultural technology and innovation. On-farm demonstration plots show the economics of using conservation tillage and the latest technology available to farmers. Two 40-acre family farms are used for demonstration during field day activities. One in Clayton on highly erodible soil demonstrates various tillage systems and a closed loop waste water wetland sub-irrigation system. The farm in Morenci demonstrates the newest technology available to landowners/farmers. A field day is hosted each August to view the in-field research and a Yield Results Crops Day is held in January to review data. This year the Field Day was held one week earlier, August 9th, to avoid conflict with another agricultural event. An amazing turnout of attendees, approximately 325, confirmed it as another successful year for the Center for Excellence.
By the way, up to five FREE soil tests are available to Michigan producers of any size farm in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) who are willing to sit down and learn more about the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.
In addition, farmers whose fields are in the South Branch of the River Raisin may be eligible for 10 additional free test kits through a partnership the Lenawee Conservation District has with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for "Pay-for Performance". Contact a MAEAP technician at Lenawee Conservation District office (517) 263-7400 Ext. 3 for more information on either of the above opportunities.
Lenawee Conservation District, 1100 Sutton Rd., Adrian, MI 49221
(517) 263-7400 Ext. 3