2017 Budget and Appropriations Act

The proposed budget of the Barry Conservation District for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016 will be presented to the District Board for final approval at its regular meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. on September 27, 2016 in the Barry 911 Dispatch Center, 2600 Nashville Rd, Hastings, MI 49058. The Public is invited to comment on the proposed budget at this time. Copies of the proposed budget are available for review at the District office located at 1611 S Hanover St., Suite 105, Hastings, MI 49058.

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Notice of Special Meeting 09.12.16

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

The Barry Conservation District Board of Directors has scheduled a special meeting for Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6pm at the Barry Conservation District Office, located at 1611 S Hanover St, Suite 105, Hastings, MI to discuss the proposed draft 2017 Appropriations Act and other budgetary concerns.

The public is welcome to attend.

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Cedar Creek Public Meeting

The clean, cool waters of Cedar Creek flow gently through miles of the high-quality prairie, wetland, and forest that Barry County is known for. Beyond providing us with a picturesque backdrop, the creek system functions in ways that provide us with vital services like water and debris transport, flood control, water quality control, and fish passage. Where rivers meet roads, the natural functions of a stream can become impaired and cause issues such as altered water flow, increased erosion, habitat degradation, and barriers to fish passage.

Barry Conservation District and the Barry County Road Commission have teamed up with other local partners to address one such problematic crossing- the undersized culverts at McKeown Road. The main objectives of this project are to improve the hydraulic function, riverine and riparian connectivity, sediment transport, and water quality on Cedar Creek by replacing the two existing undersized culverts with a bankfull-width timber bridge.

Join Barry Conservation District to learn more about the impacts of improperly sized or placed road-stream crossings and about how our project will improve the health of Cedar Creek. The informational meeting will take place this Thursday, August 18th at 7pm at the Hastings Charter Township hall.

cedar creek invite

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Resource Needs Assessment

The Conservation District is currently working on updating its Natural Resource Needs Assessment. Please help by taking our quick online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8WK5XVG

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CANCELLATION NOTICE

Please note that the regular meeting scheduled for the Barry Conservation District Board on August 23rd, 2016 has been cancelled.

The next meeting will take place on September 27th, 2016 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Barry 911 Dispatch Center, 2600 Nashville Rd., Hastings.

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Request for bids- Environmental Consulting

The Barry Conservation District is now accepting bids for an environmental consultant for the Cedar Creek Aquatic Habitat Grant Project. Bids are due by 8am on August 9th, 2016.

Please click the following link to download the complete bid package, which includes all necessary application instructions and forms: REQUEST FOR BIDS- Environmental Consulting

Questions? Contact Sarah Nelson at sarah.nelson@macd.org or 269-908-4135

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Cedar Creek Bridge Installation/Construction Request for Bids

The Barry Conservation District is now accepting bids for the installation of a 44′ timber bridge on McKeown Road crossing Cedar Creek. Bids are due by 10am on August 8th, 2016.

Please click the following link to download the complete bid package, which includes all necessary application instructions and forms: Cedar Creek Bridge Construction Request for bids

Questions? Contact Sarah Nelson at sarah.nelson@macd.org or 269-908-4135

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Well Water Screening

The Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is hosting an event to screen well water for nitrate and nitrite at the Barry Conservation District office on July 15th from 9am-5pm.

The screening is open to everyone who uses a personal well for drinking water; however, the number of samples that can be tested is limited to 3. Bring your samples to 1611 S Hanover Street, Hastings.

Please see the well water screening event announcement and form for more details!

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Bid Request for Bookkeeper Position

The Barry Conservation District is seeking a contract bookkeeper to work 8 regularly scheduled hours per week during normal business hours of Monday-Friday 7am-5pm.

Bookkeeper Job Responsibilities:
The Bookkeeper maintains district financial records of by updating accounts as needed; posting transactions; and ensuring legal requirements compliance. The bookkeeper is also responsible for filing and paying all district taxes.

Bookkeeper Job Duties:
• Accounts payable and accounts receivable (Both in Quickbooks and hard copies for historical records)
• Prepares annual budget with the Executive Director and Board of Directors and updates as needed and approved
• Prepares financial reports for board meetings and grant reports
• Establishes new accounts, classes, and items in Quickbooks as needed and approved. Updates district bookkeeping policies and procedures as needed and approved
• Balances subsidiary accounts and general ledger by reconciling entries as needed and approved
• Reconciles bank accounts monthly
• Files all district tax reports and pays all district taxes
• Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements
• Other duties as needed

Bookkeeper Skills and Qualifications:
• Proficient with QuickBooks (minimum two years’ experience)
• Understands and is able to file and pay all applicable state and federal taxes
• Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint
• Can manage complex accounts thoroughly and with great attention to detail
• Highly organized

Compensation: Hourly rate of $20-$25/hour depending on skill level for up to sixteen hours per two-week pay period.

Application Procedure: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three professional references all together in a single .pdf format via email to the contact below. Applications that do not follow this specification will not be considered. Applications will be collected and processed until the position is filled. This position will start as soon as possible.

Barry Conservation District reserves the right to make changes to the content of this position announcement without notification and may at any time withdraw the announcement. BCD is an equal opportunity employer- Candidates will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

Please submit bid, including hourly rate and schedule for the above described work to:
Sarah Nelson
Barry Conservation District
1611 S Hanover St
Hastings, MI 49058
(269) 908-4135

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Forester Position Available

Position Available: Conservation District Forester 

The Barry Conservation District seeks a Forester to work within the Forestry Assistance Program. Position requires a minimum of a B.S. or M.S. in Forestry. This is a grant-funded position, renewed annually. The wage ($40k – $45k) will be commensurate with candidate’s experience.

Send cover letter and resume by June 30, 2016 to:
Sarah Nelson, Executive Director
Barry Conservation District
sarah.nelson@macd.org
269-908-4135

The Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) provides private forested landowners with technical assistance and information regarding forestry, wildlife habitat, and related natural resource concerns, so that they may make informed decisions about the use and management of their forestlands.

Basic requirements for this position include:

  • Bachelor or Master of Science degree in forestry from a college or university with a forestry program accredited by the Society of American Foresters
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to read various types of maps and navigate through properties
  • Provide transportation to office and field visits (mileage reimbursement is provided)

Activities for this position include:

  • Serve as the initial point of contact for forest resource issues or concerns
  • Fulfill FAP grant agreement requirements and deliverables
  • Conduct on-site land examination and resource evaluation
  • Provide advice and options regarding forest management for timber production, windbreaks, wildlife habitat, etc.
  • Provide diagnosis and advice on the control of insects, disease, and wildlife pests for individual trees and woodlands
  • Provide information and make referrals regarding programs, agencies, organizations, and private sector interests that furnish technical and/or financial assistance for natural resource management activities
  • Prepare correspondence, reports, news articles, handouts, etc.
  • Maintain a collaborative working relationship with forest management professionals
  • Conduct demonstrations and workshops
  • Pursue certification with the Society of American Foresters
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