Lenawee Conservation District

"Your Land, Your Water, Your Michigan"

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, 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)

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.  

NOTE:  Beginning this 2019 hunting season, HAP will NOT print the standard “Public Hunting on Private Lands” hunting digest.  All HAP info from that digest will now be included in the DNR 2019 Hunting Digest available online (HAP on page 15). Click on the underlined link to access. These digests will be available everywhere hunting licenses are sold.

Visit www.michigan.gov/hap to learn more about the program or contact Lenawee Conservation District Farm Bill Biologist, Nathan McNett at (517) 263-7400 Ext. 5580 or [email protected]

Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assessment Program (MAEAP)

MAEAP Technicians for Lenawee County 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.

Contact our MAEAP technicians below at (517) 263-7400 + their extension or via email.

Airin Beechler, WLEB MAEAP Technician Ext. 5564 or [email protected]