It is important to understand the difference between non-native plants and invasive plants. The term “non-native” is relative- it refers to any living organism that did not naturally originate from an area in which it is currently found. So what is non-native in Barry County is not necessarily non-native in all of Michigan, let alone […]
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. This comprehensive, voluntary, proactive program is designed to reduce farmers’ legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment; […]
A watershed is all of the land that from which surface water empties into the same main waterbody (for our watersheds, that means a large river) and everything in and on top of that land. Barry County has two main watersheds, the Kalamazoo and the Thornapple (which includes the Tyler Creek subwatershed). A management plan was […]
Local outdoorsman George Cullers proposed the idea for the Barry County Outdoor Recreation Youth Day in 2014. The concept was simple: “get kids outdoors!” However, there are many factors that seem to work against this idea. Electronic games, busy schedules, television, economics, and the movement into suburbs and away from open spaces, family farms, and […]
The Forestry Assistance Program provides an initial professional contact with landowners who are interested in actively managing their forested property. No matter what your goals (recreation, wildlife, timber harvest, ecosystem preservation, etc), the Conservation District Forester can help you better understand, plan, manage, protect, and utilize your forest resources. The forester also provides the community […]
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The Barry Conservation District is now accepting bids for a native seed mix. Seed bids should be submitted by email by November 9th at 4:00pm. Please see the BID PACKAGE for more details.
The Barry Conservation District is now accepting bids for two grass seed mixes. Seed bids should be submitted by email by March 30th at 4:00pm. Please see the BID PACKAGE for more details.
Join us for an evening of fun as we get to know the many different groups working in conservation in Barry County! $15 admission includes hors d’oevres. A special conservation brew will be available at an additional charge. Register and pay online ahead of time at: https://squareup.com/store/facesofconservation