Celebration of accomplishments, recognition, and election of a board member were among the ingredients of the 65th annual meeting of the St. Joseph County Conservation District, an event held Wednesday evening (March 20) at the St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsmen’s Club near Sturgis.
Carol Higgins, chairperson of the Conservation District Board of Directors, presided during the evening that also featured a presentation by Steve Chadwick, biologist and regional supervisor for the Southwest Region with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, on ‘Episodic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in Wild White-tailed Deer in Michigan’.
In comments during the evening – and in the printed program for the meeting – Higgins touched on such things as the District’s irrigation management programs, Michigan Agriculture Environment Assurance Program (MAEAP), Southwest Michigan ADAPT Network, river cleanup project, and its partnership with the Branch Conservation District on the Prairie River Watershed Management Plan.
The following awards were presented in the course of the meeting:
- 2013 Soil & Water Steward – Roger & Anne Gentz
- 2012 Livestock Steward – Mark & Dawn Proxmire
- 2012 Community Group of the Year – St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsmen’s Club, Inc.
- 2012 Volunteer of the Year – Jean Mock
- 2013 Retiring Board Member – Stephen Mock.
Election results from balloting for a position on the board were announced with Jim Milliman, Jr., who was appointed to a one-year term a year ago, elected to a full term.
As noted in a brochure about the organization, “The St. Joseph County Conservation District was established in 1949, and is a local entity of state government. It operates under the Soil Conservation District Law, Act 297, PA 1937.
“Created to serve as stewards of our natural resources, the St. Joseph County Conservation District provides site-specific, technical assistance and information to landowners in all aspects of resource management.
“The St. Joseph County Conservation District is managed by a five member board of directors elected for three year terms. As elected public officials, they are responsible for the operation and management of the Conservation District.”
The Conservation District office is located at 693 East Main Street in Centreville and can be reached by telephone at (269) 467-6088.
For more information, visit the Conservation District website at www.stjoecountycd.com.
For additional insights regarding the Conservation District’s annual meeting, enjoy the accompanying photos.