Barry Conservation District

Spring Tree Sale and Distribution

New Dates

2015 Spring Tree Sale

The Barry Conservation District is currently running their spring tree and shrub program. This event offers evergreen seedlings and transplant, hardwood, fruit trees, and shrub seedlings and flowering beauty and wildlife packs for sale.

The trees and shrubs are suited to a wide variety of soil conditions and uses, such as erosion control, wildlife habitat, windbreaks and reforestation. Several varieties are available including pines, spruces, maples, oaks, walnut, dogwood, lilac, and more. Bird and Wildlife, bird and butterfly, native hardwood and native nut and wetland packets are also available. Funds received from tree sales support local conservation programs.

2015 Order Form New Dates

Tree pictures and descriptions 2015

Order Due March 27th, 2015

Tree Distribution Dates:

April 17th 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

April 18th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Youth Day 2014 a Big Success!!

On September 13, 443 kids from Barry and surrounding counties- and their parents attended Barry County’s first Outdoor Recreation Youth Day at Historic Charlton Park.  Children from ages one to 18 participated in their choice of 27 activities offered by area sporting and recreation organizations.  Kids were thrilled to see sporting dogs locate birds, to pet the fur of a black bear, and to shoot an arrow or a BB gun for the first time.  Over 125 Volunteers helped to introduce local children to new outdoor activities, providing kayaks, mountain bikes, shooting ranges, fishing rods, dip nets and campfires, so that they could have a real experience in the outdoors.

Due to the success of this year’s events, organizers are already planning the date for Youth Day 2015.  




 Certificates and Prizes are awarded for:

  • Largest Tree of any species submitted by a Big Tree Hunter over the age of 16 years old.
  • Largest Tree of any species submitted by a Big Tree Hunter 15 years old and under.
  • Largest White Pine (Michigan’s State Tree), any age.
  • Largest Tree of any species for each county.
  • Largest Tree (any species) that is larger than the current registered Michigan State Champion.


  • Tree must be living and accessible for verification.
  • Tree trunk circumference is measured at 4 1/2 feet above ground.
  • Include tree species if possible.
  • All entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2014.

Big Tree Contest (Entry Form)









Monthly Meeting Schedule

For the Barry Conservation District


The Barry Conservation District meets at 7:30 a.m. on the third Friday of the month.


January 17th            February 21st      *March 20th, 2014 (Annual Meeting)

**April 25th             May 16th              June 20th                             

July 18th                   August 15th         September 19th

October 17th           November 21st   December 19th


The meetings will be held under the provisions of Open Meetings Act (Public Act 267 of 1976) at Pennock Hospital in the Village View Conference Room, 1009 W. Green St., Hastings, MI


*Annual Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Barry Conservation District office.  1611 S Hanover St, Hastings, MI (Secretary of State Building).

**April 25th meeting will be on the fourth Friday of the month.

2014 Meeting Schedule (to print out the sched



 17th Annual Thronapple River Clean-up

2012 Photo Contest Winners!!


FrogWatch USA:                                                                       

We have a Chapter here at the Barry Conservation District office.  FrogWatch USA is program where volunteers will help conserve our nation’s amphibians by monitoring one or more local wetland sites to identify local frog and toad species by their breeding calls, and accurately report their findings.

What is FrogWatch USA:  it is a long-term frog and toad monitoring program whose data describe local species diversity, detect rare and invasive species, suggest shifts in species diversity, range, and seasonal timing and may serve as an indicator of wetland health.  FrogWatch USA provides volunteers and their families the opportunity to learn about the environment while collecting valuable information about the frogs and toads local to their area.

Why Monitor Frogs?  Frogs and toads have held cultural importance for centuries:  symbolizing fertility in ancient Egypt, luck in Japan, and rain gods in some Native American cultures.  Today Kermit the Frog is a modern-day celebrity.  Frogs and toads are vitally important in the field of human medicine and compounds from their skin are currently being tested for anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties.

They also play an important role, serving as both prey and predator, in wetlands ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health.  Many previously abundant frog and toad populations have experienced dramatic population declines both in the United States and around the world and it’s essential that scientists understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of the declines.

  Here in Michigan we have 13 different species:  American Bullfrog, American Toad, Cope’s Treefrog, Fowler’s Toad, Gray Treefrog, Green Frog, Midland Chorus frog, Mink Frog, Northern Cricket Frog, Northern Leopard Frog, Pickerel Frog, Spring Peeper, and Wood Frog.

To hear the different calls of the frogs and toads in Michigan go to

For the Mink Frog call go to

For more information on FrogWatch USA go to

SurveySiteRegistration_2012_Form   Click here if you need more copies

ObservationDatasheet_2012_Form  Click here if you need more copies


 Thornapple River Clean-up was a hit: (link)

2012 Photo Contest Winners!!

Wildlife:  Lora Ballinger from Hastings

Agriculture:  Joe Barr from Delton

People In Nature:  Marge Faber from Hastings

Trees & Plants:  Jeff Newman from Delton

Landscapes:  Ken Kornheiser from Plainwell