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Mission: Kent Conservation District's mission is to protect and enhance the natural resources of Kent County. We accomplish this with voluntary programs available for private landowners in rural and urban areas, such as: habitat restoration assistance, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assistance (MAEAP) verification, Farm Bill Programs, and technical assistance to all landowners. 

Directors: The District is looking for farmers and landowners in Kent County to serve on its Board of Directors. A Conservation District is a local unit of state government with the responsibility to carry out a program of natural resources conservation and encourage wise land management.  Directors are locally elected public officials who are responsible for operation and management of the Conservation District.  Duties and responsibilities include: serve a four-year term, attend and participate at board monthly meetings (held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Grand Rapids field office) cooperate with fellow directors in establishing District policies and developing annual plans of work.

Residents who are desiring to run for a Conservation District Director position in this election need to fill out a simple petition signed by at least five (5) Kent County residents and dropped off at the Conservation District Office before close of business being Friday, December 9, 4:30pm, sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting (February 9th, 2017). Residents are individuals of legal age who can demonstrate residency in the Conservation District via one (1) piece of identification.

Kent County residents are invited to the District’s showcase and dinner being held Thursday, February 9th, 2017, 6pm to 8pm, at the Grand Rapids Township Hall sponsored by the Woodcliff Park Association. A very short annual meeting and director’s election will follow the presentations. In preparation for the meeting on the day of December 1st, 2016, being over forty-five days prior to the date of the annual meeting, absentee ballots will be available for voting in this election by writing, calling or visiting the Conservation District Office. Like us on Facebook to receive event updates.

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_________________________________________________________________________________________________ JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: The Conservation District is looking for a qualified candidate to fill our Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program Technician position by January 6th, 2017. To find out more about this exciting career and how this important program impacts our natural resources download the pdf job description, or email administrator@kentconservation.org or visit the MAEAP site below.

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_____________________________________________________________________________________________ BOARD OF DIRECTOR OPENINGS - Do you have a love for the land and an interest in influencing how natural resources in Kent County are utilized? Then you may want to join the team. Please call or email today to speak to a current director and become involved with important work in Kent County.

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Video of Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program