Our annual spring tree sale is our main fundraiser of the year. Each year we sell an average of 8,000 trees to residents which help to preserve one of our largest natural resources, soil.
Trees prevent “mini” dust bowls from occurring and help to maintain healthy topsoil for our producers. Trees are also used to promote diverse wildlife by providing habitat for animals.
Each Year around Earth Day we provide a native white pine tree to every 4th grader in the county. Donate today to help provide this gift to them.
The ReLeaf Project was born out of citizen concern over the loss of tree lines & fence rows. Our goal is to plant 5,000 trees across the county based on critical areas of need. Every dollar ($1.00) donated will purchase two (2) trees that will be planted on a designated area determined by a panel of soil experts. Interested landowners who would like their property evaluated for plantings may contact the Conservation District or NRCS at (269) 467-6336 x5 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register their land.
St. Joseph County has over 150 miles of navigable waterways; more than any other county in Michigan. We have made it a priority to clean our counties waterways so that the residents and visitors may enjoy their beauty. In order to accomplish our goal we have set out to clean approximately 30 miles per summer so that all 150 miles would be complete in a 5 year cycle. We are now entering into our 4th year within this cycle and have completed 124.4 miles, removing approximately 7.69 tons of scrap debris, 1.13 tons of garbage debris (ie signs, calf hutch, jeep hardtop and general paper trash), and 149 tires.
With your support we will be able to continue this project!!
Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal. We partner with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) each year to promote the environment and natural sciences to the counties 5th grade students. Each May 4th graders converge on covered Bridge Farm Park in Centreville to tour different booths that promote the environment; in the past we have had recycling, soil education, pond ecology, and wildlife education to name a few. As part of this program the Conservation District donates a White Pine seedling to each child to take home and plant. Through your support of this program it will continue to educate the youth of our county on the importance of our natural resources and the conservation of those resources.
Our financial resources are not well-known to the public; most assume our budget is completely funded either by the State of Michigan or by St. Joseph County. Here in St. Joseph County we are blessed to have citizens and Commissioners who support our mission, “assisting landowners through responsive and cost effective programs, in the wise management of the natural resources of St. Joseph County towards the pursuit of a healthy environment today and for future generations” through a county appropriation of $14,000. Unfortunately this does not cover all the cost associated with running & creating new programs that serve our residents. Your generous donation to the general fund will help us with overhead costs that are incurred through the running of our conservation programs.
All donations are tax deductible*