This August take action for the environment!
Our 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 location has changed and we have also utilized ZOOM. The 8/12/2020 meeting will be held at the Cass COA’s outside pavilion – see this public notice for details.
The Cass County Board of Commissioners are hosting two important events for protecting our natural resources – The Household Hazardous Waste Collection and the Tire Collection. Both events will be held on August 15. Please click on event title above to see the detailed fliers.
August 18 the SW x SW CISMA is hosting the Paddle with a Naturalist. Learn about invasive species and experience a slice of one of the beautiful natural habitats that Cass County offers at Paradise Lake.
Be sure to visit the Monarch Waystation and look for a monarch caterpillar on the butterfly milkweed and enjoy the pretty native flowers there and all around Dr. TK Lawless Park in Vandalia, Michigan. Join us for the Hike w/a Naturalist series which has resumed every Tuesday evening at 5:30pm starting at Pavilion 2 of Dr. TK Lawless Park (except August 18 since we will be attending the Paddle with a Naturalist) – please bring mask and/or hike at a 6 foot minimum distance from other hikers. We want to enjoy the park and continue sharing our knowledge of the outdoors and record bird sightings for the citizen science project with ebird but, we don’t want to share the COVID 19 virus or feel unsafe so, please respect other hikers while attending these events.
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.