November 2020 bring new faces to Cass County Conservation District
Please note a change in meeting date since our regular board meeting falls on Veteran’s Day we will be holding the meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 8:30am at the COA in Cassopolis.
At our meeting on November 10 our board is expected to appoint a new MAEAP Technician and the new NRCS District Conservationist Tiffari Jenkins will be arriving in the office sometime this month. We are excited to welcome these two professionals to our team.
Feel free to call our office at 269-445-8641 x 5 with suggestions for activities we should direct our focus toward for the coming Fiscal Year.
Our Regular Board meetings are always open to the public and we encourage you to attend and help us to meet the current needs of the Cass County community. The board meets every 2nd Wednesday at 8:30am. Due to the pandemic the locations have changed and we have also utilized ZOOM at times- please check prior to meeting date for current location or ZOOM information.
The Tuesday night Hike with a Naturalist events are suspended between November 1 and January 31. There will be limited hikes during the winter due to daylight time and weather. Feel free to call Korie at 269-445-8641 x 5 to see if we plan on venturing out – you are certainly welcome to join in. Sometimes the woods are so serene and beautiful and wildlife is easier to spot with the trees bare from their leaves. A schedule for the 2021 season should be disclosed prior to April 1.
Please be aware our office is co-located with NRCS and will follow all Federal USDA guidelines as they develop. Currently, our office continues to be closed for all “in-person” activities.
However, communications with the Cass County Conservation District can be made by emailing staff and or/leaving a message at 269-445-8641 x 5 with your name, phone number and email address if you prefer. Someone will be in the office each day and will direct your message to the proper staff who will get back with you as soon as possible. Some staff are working from home and in the field, there may be temporary delays to access to them but, we will try to ensure limited interruptions in our service to you.
Thank you for your support and patience – please note we will have to be flexible with our plans as directions from the State and/or Federal USDA are delivered in response to the changing conditions we are facing to combat this threat to health and human safety. Please take every precaution to protect yourself and your family.
Korie Blyveis, Cass County District Administrator
Glad you stopped by to visit our website. We hope you will find information easily. On the left banner you will find the latest blog post and below please follow the links to important information and details of the programs available from our office.
Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program
MAEAP-verified farms keep their land, water and air as healthy as the food they produce. They represent the highest standards of environmental stewardship and responsible agriculture.
MAEAP is a three-phrase process: 1) Education, 2) Risk assessment & management changes, 3) State of Michigan verification.
Look for MAEAP signs throughout the County. For more information about MAEAP verification contact our technician Erez Brandvain at 269-445-8641 x 5.
Cass County is a part of the SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.
A CISMA is a partnership of federal, state, and local Government, agencies, tribes, individuals, and various interested groups that manage invasive species (or have a stake in managing) in a defined area.
The Regional Coordinator Eleanor Serocki will continue working to develop and implement outreach and education and further the overall CISMA goals of early detection, rapid response, and eradication of the targeted invasive species determined for Cass as well as Berrien and Vanburen Counties.
Contact Eleanor at 269-269-657-4030 x 5 to learn more about invasive species, to learn about the MISIN app used to map invasive species in our area, to volunteer, or schedule a presentation to a group or organization.
Bill Westrate is our local volunteer and invasive specialist who will be dropping by the office every Wednesday to answer questions about invasives and help identify plants and insects. Call 269-445-8641 x 5 and ask to leave a message for Bill so, he can connect with you if you are stumped about some new species on your property.
Cass County Conservation District is funded by State & Local government grants/support, donations, program sponsorship, and product sales (plat books, trees and tree supplies). In order to better serve our community we need your support too.
Volunteers are an integral part of accomplishing the Conservation District goals. Assistance is needed at the office, with the invasive species program, stream monitoring projects, at special events, preparations for Tree Sale and more. Please consider donating some time to your local District. Call today to get on mail list and provide your contact information and areas of interest – we appreciate your concern for the environment and willingness to lend a hand.