Kalkaska Conservation District

The Kalkaska Conservation District is a local unit of state government and was founded in 1950. A locally elected five-member board of directors makes all decisions regarding the Districts programs and activities. These programs provide technical assistance, information, and education to assist the people in Kalkaska County to properly manage their natural resources. The District has been implementing water quality programs for eleven years. Effort has been focused on the Manistee, Boardman and Rapid Rivers, the three primary river systems in the county. To date, we have concentrated on the physical effects of erosion including stream bank stabilization, road / stream crossings, and access sites. We also provide a private lands forestry program, a state-wide sustainable agricultural program and a youth education program.

Activities & Projects

  • Select and recognize a Conservationist of the Year for Kalkaska County.
  • Provide an ecology / conservation field day for all sixth graders in the Kalkaska and Forest Area School Districts.
  • Support Envirothon in area schools.
  • Provide education, advice, and expertise to county residents about forest, water, and soil conservation issues.
  • Regularly meet with County Commissioners regarding local issues such as roads and streams.
  • Initiate water quality activities.
  • Carry out an annual sale of trees, shrubs, and wildlife enhancement plantings.
  • Direct a conservation poster contest for area students.
  • Direct river restoration projects on the Boardman, Manistee, and Rapid Rivers.
  • Provide information to waterfront owners and encourage participation in and the development of lake or stream associations.

Contact Kalkaska Conservation District

Russ LaRowe
District Manager
605 North Birch
Box 780
Kalkaska, Michigan  49646-8414
Phone: (231) 258-3307
Fax: (231) 258-3318


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Kalkaska County, Michigan

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