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Michigan Conservation Districts
Conservation districts are a governmental subdivision of this state, and a public body - corporate and political, created by referendum of the people within the district boundaries under provisions of the Soil Conservation District Law, Public Act 297 of 1937. Today conservation districts are overseen by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development with each being administered by a publicly elected board of directors as defined by the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended. Conservation districts are local providers of natural resource management services that help citizens implement conservation on their land and protect the environment for a cleaner, healthier, and economically stronger Michigan. The primary goal of a conservation district is to address the most critical local resource concerns. Currently, Michigan has 75 conservation districts, which are generally organized along county boundaries.