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2019 Tree sale

Orders now being accepted for our Spring 2019 Tree Sale. Please visit our 2019 Tree Sale Page for details. Print the Order Form and either mail or call in your order. Questions about the sale – please call 269-445-8641 x 5.

Thank you for supporting this critical fundraiser for the Cass County Conservation District.

New board planning 2019 activities

At the Annual Meeting held in early December, Director Bernie Williamson was newly elected, Scott Wyman was re-elected to his position, and John Green accepted position as Associate Director. They join Directors Dan Stutsman, Karen Nelson, Kevin Hershberger, and Associate Directors Annie File and Jeff Blyveis. This new board is busy reviewing and updating our Plan of Work to ensure we are successful in our mission to enhance and protect the natural resources of Cass County. Please share your thoughts with any of the board members as we strive to improve your Conservation District…and please participate in our educational programs, tree sale, and stop in anytime to learn more about MAEAP Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program and how to identify and combat invasive species with the SW x SW CISMA.

Annual Awards 2018

Over the years Conservation Awards are given to deserving organizations and individuals that work hard to conserve our natural resources. At the Annual meeting on December 4, 2018 four were awarded this honor.

Congratulations to the 2018 award winners: Conservationist of the Year: Ken Kesson/Michigan DNR SW Region; Conservation Farmer: Kevin Hershberger; Environmental Awareness Advocate: Ramona Moorman (posthumously)/Marcellus News; and Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Blyveis.

See more details about each of these awardees on our District Website:

Board of Directors Election


Cass County Conservation District Board of Directors Election

To all residents of the Cass County Conservation District, notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 between the hours of 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Pokagon Community Center a District Board of Directors Election will be held. 

The election is being held to fill new terms for two (2) Board of Director positions.  Candidates include:  John Green, Bernie Williamson, and Scott Wyman (incumbent).

The election will be conducted during the District Annual Meeting being held on December 4, 2018 from 5:30-8:00pm at the Pokagon Band Community Center, 27043 Potawatomi Trail, Dowagiac, MI 49047The Annual Meeting will feature “Conservation Practices Working in Cass County”, awards ceremony, and annual report.

Voting is open to Cass County residents only. Absentee ballots are available at the Conservation District located at 1127 E. State St., Cassopolis, MI weekdays 8:00am-4:30pm except Federal Holidays.  Eligible voters are individuals of legal age who can demonstrate residency in Cass County, Michigan via one (1) piece of identification. For more information call (269) 445-8641 extension 5.

This notice is published at least forty-five (45) days prior to date of the Election as required by Conservation District Law. Cass County Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

Dan Stutsman
Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Cass County Conservation District

2018 Budget Hearing

Cass County Conservation District

Budget Hearing
September 12, 2018, 8:30am

To all residents of Cass County, notice is hereby given that the Cass County Conservation District (CCCD) will hold a public hearing at the USDA Service Center conference room located across from the CCCD office at 1127 E. State Street, Cassopolis on the 12th day of September 2018, at 8:30am.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider final approval of the proposed budget of estimated expenses and revenues of the CCCD for the 2018-2019 fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018.  The proposed budget will be presented to the CCCD board before the regular monthly board meeting.

You are invited to attend and become a part of building the conservation efforts in Cass County.  All persons interested will be given an opportunity to present comments at this public hearing.

A copy of the proposed budget will be posted for public inspection one week prior to the meeting at the District office located at 1127 E. State Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031.

This notice is posted in compliance with applicable law. 

Cass County Conservation District will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services at the meeting to individuals with disabilities, upon reasonable notice to the District.  For more information contact Korie Blyveis, District Administrator at 269-445-8641 extension 5 or 

Dan Stutsman, Chairman
Cass County Conservation District

New SESC pamphlet

The SESC staff have developed a new handout to inform residents & contractors of the need for soil erosion and sedimentation protection when working on projects that involve an “earth change” over an acre in size or within 500′ of a body of water.

We hope you find this useful.    NEW SESC handout

New SESC handout

Hiring new SESC Inspector/program assistant

Cass County Conservation District – SESC Inspector/Program Assistant

Cass County Conservation District is seeking applicants for the part-time Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program (SESC) inspector/program assistant position. Duties include SESC site inspections, permit preparation, related clerical, and general program promotion. 

Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Korie Blyveis, District Administrator at Please contact Korie with any questions by email or phone at 269-445-8641 x 5.

Special Education Events!

We are starting tonight with a series of education opportunities open to the public for those interested in Conservation issues.

Forests Pests Program – 1/6/18  at the Cassopolis Public Library starting at 6pm

Edible Wild Plant Workshop – at the Vandalia Community Center starting at 5:30pm

Pollinator Habitat – Grasslands Workshop with the MUCC – at Camp Friedenswald starting at 6pm

Hope to see you at one or all of these events!