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Cass County Conservation District has rescheduled the upcoming regular board meeting from May 9th at 5pm to May 16th at 5pm. 

      Cass County Conservation District

PUBLIC NOTICE

Change of May 9, 2022 Meeting
Cass County Conservation District Board will be changing the May
Regular Board Meeting to Monday, May 16, 2022 at 3:00pm The meeting will be held at the Cass County Council on Aging located at 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI 49031.  It will also be held virtually through ZOOM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9364376130?pwd=MXdjNXo4dWJLek02WWQvekJoS3JQQT09

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Please contact the District for a link if you would like to attend virtually with us.  The meeting is open to the public in compliance with the
Michigan Open Meetings Act.  For more information contact Lori Whitmyer, District Administrator at 269-445-8641 x 5.  Cass County Conservation District will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services upon request.  This notice was posted by Lori Whitmyer to comply with Sections 4 and 5 of Michigan Open Meetings Act (MCL 15.265) at 7:30pm on May 9, 2022 on the District Office door and website which is at least 18 hours prior to the start of the meeting.  

I, Lori Whitmyer, certify that the foregoing notice has been posted as specified above in accordance with the Michigan Public Act (MCL 15.265) as amended.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Winter 2022

2022 TREE SALE!

The Annual Spring Tree & Plant Sale catalog is now available. Click here for the link to the drive folder with catalog and order forms or a copy can be picked up by appointment at the office (COVID restrictions closed to public except by appointment) or call 269-445-8641 x 5 to request a copy be mailed. It’s always a good idea to call in your order first as the plants are available on a first come first served basis and with many species we will not be able to order additional supplies.

Detailed species information and other tree planting resources can be found at our Google Drive CCCD 2022 Tree Sale Species Information Links page. We hope you find these resources useful when deciding the which plants you would like that match your property’s soil type, available light, soil pH, moisture content and your desires/needs such as providing food, wildlife cover, wildlife food, erosion control, windbreak, benefits pollinators, seasonal beauty,  etc.

District Board Elections

Welcome to our new Board member Jim Kings and congratulations to returning board members Karen Nelson & Wendy Elsey. Our board consists of chair-Karen Nelson, vice-chair-Bernie Williamson, treasurer-Wendy Elsey, secretary-Scott Wyman, and Jim Kings.  Along with associate directors Dallas Chester and newly appointed Alex Bozymowski.

New District Administrator

Welcome Lori Whitmyer!!

The Cass County Conservation District located in Cassopolis Michigan is pleased to announce Mrs. Lori Whitmyer as our new District Administrator. Lori is a lifelong resident of Cass County with a strong background in agriculture and conservation. Living on her family farm, Lori knows firsthand the importance of conservation and preservation. Her experience with 4-H, Farm to School, MEAP, MDARD, EGLE, and 8 years at Community Mills makes her a great asset as she takes on this role. Our hope is that Lori can bring new programs and grants to benefit Cass County. With educational tools, creativity, and diligence we hope to provide more and more conservation resources in the future. Lori’s involvement in the community, and connections with organizations leave no doubt that she will bring new and exciting opportunities to our county.
The Cass County Conservation is always looking for community support with events and programs. Please contact the district at 269-445-8641 x 5 for exciting volunteer and internship opportunities.

SESC
With rain sadly brought erosion this summer. We try our best to inform and guide those working on projects near lakes and streams to take precautions for such rain events by placing silt fence, filter sock, erosion control blankets and other tools but, too often folks are simply not aware of this need and start without them.   Un-permitted projects are also charged double the applicable permit fee which is upsetting to those unaware of the program. However, this permit process is very important as it allows reflection to the impact a project might have on the neighboring properties and shared water resource and plans erosion controls which can protect them. Besides the SESC permit there are other permits required for some projects such as work in the road right of way, seawall permits, and of course building permits. Our office has updated a Land Development poster which outlines all the various permits which may be needed for different projects – please take a peek and share with others so they will be prepared to start their project with proper permits, set-backs, and controls in place.

Recycling 
Cass County has renewed their efforts to pursue improved recycling and composting for residents and businesses in the County. The Solid Waste Committee is beginning to meet to start this planning effort. If you are interested in participating please contact Jackie at the County Administration Office 269-445-4421.

Cass County is offering a 2nd Household Hazardous Waste and Tire Collection scheduled for August 21.

Plat Book – Pick up your 2020 Cass County Plat Book Today $32 with tax included – new features include historic maps and Underground Railroad information.

Cass CC District Board Meeting Schedule – Please note the District Board has officially changed meeting dates & time to the second Monday of each month at 3pm. 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.  Meetings will be held in person at the Cass County Commission on Aging (COA) and also virtually due to the pandemic until further notice. Please contact the office at 269-445-8641 x 5 for ZOOM meeting address or in-person location status should there be changes.

Hike w/a Naturalist Series – The Tuesday night Hike with a Naturalist events has re-started!! The hikes always shed light on some aspect of our north eastern woodland, pond, or creek habitat. All hikes start at 5:30pm and the schedule is as followed: 1st Tuesday of each month at Lawless Park, 2nd Tuesday of each month at Russ Forest County Park, 3rd-5th Tuesdays will be a workday/general hike at Lawless Park. The work will include some maintenance of the monarch waystation, trail trimming and any other project(s) the Parks Department may request. We will then hike and share information regarding species etc. among those who are attending. Hope you can join us and share your knowledge too!

Please be aware our office is co-located with NRCS and will follow all Federal USDA guidelines as they develop. Currently, our office has opened up for “in-person” activities. However, if that changes 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 SESC Administrator

Welcome! 

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.

District Board of Director Meeting Dates

Newsletters:
Summer 2019 Newsletter
Autumn 2018 Newsletter
Fall 2017 Newsletter

Cost Share Program in Cass County

MAEAP

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 Emily Haluda at 269-445-8641 x 5.

Learn More


The SW x SW Corner CISMA is a grant funded program that covers Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties in Southwest Michigan. The CISMA works to preserve natural ecosystem functions through the responsible management of invasive species on a landscape scale. In order to achieve this, the primary focus of the project is mapping & surveying invasive species populations, education, and maintaining a strategic plan to properly manage and eradicate invasive species.

An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan’s economy, environment and human health. Species like poison ivy or Virginia creeper may not be our favorites, but they are native to Michigan, and play an important part in our environment!

Contact Alex Florian, Invasive Species Coordinator, to help with identification, reporting, and proper management by calling 269-633-9044 or emailing invasivesed@vanburencd.org.

Our local volunteer, Bill Westrate and invasive specialist may also be available to answer your questions about invasive species and help identify plants and insects on your property. 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.

Learn More about the CISMA and the Target Invasive Species

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Next Steps…

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.


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