Barry Conservation District Celebrates National Stewardship Week

Since 1955, Conservation Districts across the country have joined the National Association of Conservation Districts in celebrating Stewardship Week from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. This year’s festivities will be centered around the theme “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life,” emphasizing the importance of soil health, water quality, and conservation. 

From April 24 to May 1, Barry Conservation District will join the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to observe the occasion and commemorate 78 years of conservation efforts in Barry County.

“Through our partnership with the state’s 75 Conservation Districts, we celebrate the vital work these programs play in protecting our natural resources and recognize the importance of soil health, which gives us bountiful crops and forests, clean air and water, and recreational spaces,” said Gary McDowell, MDARD director.

To celebrate, Barry Conservation District will be sharing information, fun facts, and a special “Fresh from the Field” podcast with Soil Scientist Karl Hausler. To join in the fun, follow Barry Conservation District on Facebook by searching for @barrycd. The district will also be holding its annual Spring Tree Sale April 29th 9am-5pm and April 30th 9am-noon at Charlton Park in Hastings. Although most tree species sold out during pre-order sales, there will be a limited number of extra broadleaf native tree and shrub seedlings for sale, including shagbark hickory, coralberry, and mapleleaf viburnum. 

For additional National Stewardship Week information and resources from the National Association of Conservation Districts, visit

Barry Conservation District was formed in 1944 to work with local farmers and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service) to address catastrophic soil erosion issues. Over the years, the district has expanded its mission to a wider variety of conservation, education, and outreach initiatives to address natural resource concerns related to forestry, agriculture, invasive species, water quality, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and more. The one thing that has not changed, however, is Barry Conservation District’s steadfast commitment to community assistance and responsible natural resource management. 

To learn more about Barry Conservation District and how our programs may serve you, please visit, call us at 269.908.4139, or email us at