Ottawa Conservation District
16731 Ferris Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417
616.846.8770 ext. 5 phone
855.701.4370 fax
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
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“The future of our civilization rests on this thin layer of soil that lies beneath our feet,” Reicosky said, noting that it takes nearly 1,000 years for just 1 inch of topsoil to be created in nature. “In the future, conservation agriculture is the only option. If we want to stop erosion and save carbon, we need to park the plow.”


About Us

Our Mission is to be your local resource for natural resource management, helping people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment for future generations in Ottawa County.

What is the Ottawa Conservation District?

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It is a locally controlled resource management District created by concerned landowners and administered by a publicly elected board of directors. It was organized as a local unit of State government on May 9, 1938 under Michigan Law. The District provides local coordination for many State and Federal land and water management programs, cooperates with local government units to positively influence private land management decisions, and provides management assistance to landowners in Ottawa County.

How does the District operate?

Most of the technical assistance and office work is performed by District staff. Funding for the positions comes from the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, annual tree sales and various grants. The board of directors serves on a volunteer basis and meets monthly to review District accomplishments and approve and recommend future activities.

What is the District’s relationship to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?

The District cooperates closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) which was formerly the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). NRCS implements many of the USDA farm bill assistance programs and the District provides technical assistance to NRCS. Although the District and NRCS work together, they are different agencies. NRCS staff are employed by the Federal government while District staff are employed by the District.

How can I receive assistance?

Any resident of Ottawa County, whether a private landowner, a business, or a unit of government can receive assistance. Call the District at (616) 846-8770, Ext. 5 for more information.

Public Board Meetings

1st Tuesday of the Month
7:00 PM at Grand Haven Service Center
16731 Ferris Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417