Marquette County Conservation Districtlast updated: October 2009

Marquette County Conservation District’s mission is “to provide for the conservation and restoration of resources in Marquette County through forestry and wildlife practices, watershed management and soil erosion control programs and education”.

As part of the “Gateway” concept MCCD provides resource directory assistance for all your conservation needs. In addition we offer the following programs to landowners and residents of Marquette County.

The Forest and Wildlife Management Assistance Program of Marquette and Alger Counties promotes stewardship of forest resources on private lands and in local communities by providing information to private landowners, community groups, local governments and the general public. Technical assistance is available regarding wildlife habitat, timber production, tree planting, recreation, and forest health. Assistance is also available for urban forestry and “backyard wildlife”. On-site consultation, basic written information, and referrals to other service providers are all provided free of charge. Management suggestions are based on sound resource science and owners’ goals.

The Lower Dead River Watershed Project allows District staff to study and improve water quality concerns specific to the Lower Dead River watershed system. Concerns include contaminated storm water runoff, flashy storm water flows, obstructions to fish migration and water quality impacts to Lake Superior.

The Native Plants Program encourages the use of native plants in both landscaping and restoration projects. Native plants provide food and habitat for native wildlife, and the use of native plants helps preserve the genetic diversity of native plant populations. Information on plant identification, propagation, site preparation, site appropriate species, planting methods, design layout and long term maintenance is provided free of charge. Native wildflower seeds, brochures, t-shirts and wildlife books can be purchased at the Marquette InterAgency Center throughout the year. Trees, shrubs and native plants can also be purchased during our annual tree sale.

Conservation Education: Conservation District staff makes conservation presentations, organizes tours and workshops, and provides written information to schools, youth organizations, and the general public. An annual Conservation Festival is held each September to promote conservation ideas and practices. The festival is free and open to the public.

The Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program (SESC) works cooperatively with contractors, engineering firms, builders, private landowners, organizations and local governmental units to minimize the impacts of soil erosion on our many watercourses. SESC provides assistance with the application process, plan reviews, site visits before construction, inspection during and after construction, and site evaluations.

The Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program (MGSP) is a cooperative effort designed to help individuals reduce the risks of groundwater contamination associated with pesticide and nitrogen fertilizer use. The MGSP helps individuals protect groundwater through a mix of the following elements; On-site risk assessment (Farm*A*Syst), technical assistance in implementing practices to reduce risks and cost share which provides financial support for the implementation of groundwater stewardship practices.

The Marquette County Conservation District was established in 1955. A Conservation District is a local entity of state government and operates under the Conservation District law, Act 297, P.A. 1937. MCCD is managed by a five-member board of directors who are elected for 4-year terms by county residents at the district’s annual meeting in October.

Contact Marquette County Conservation District

Contact Marquette County Conservation District

780 Commerce Drive
Suite B
Marquette, Michigan  49855
Phone: (906) 226-2461


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  • Marquette County, Michigan

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