5-Year Conservation Assessment & Strategic Plan
Conservation Districts in Michigan are organized under Public Act 297 of 1937. Michiganís Conservation Districts are locally controlled resource management agencies, created by concerned landowners and administered by publicly elected boards of directors.
Created to serve as stewards of natural resources, Michiganís Conservation Districts take an ecosystem approach to conservation and protection. Conservation Districts provide connections between land managers and a host of conservation service providers that include state, federal, and local governments and conservation organizations. The delivery of these efforts allows residents to manage their private lands for a cleaner, healthier Michigan. It allows the public a point of access in their communities when questions arise on how to manage natural resources.
The Monroe Conservation District 2022 Conservation Needs Assessment (CNA) and Strategic Plan will be used to guide the efforts of the Monroe Conservation District through 2027. Every five years, the District conducts a CNA survey to identify natural resource and environmental concerns in Monroe County, how residents use the Conservation District, and how the Monroe Conservation District can best assist residents. This year, the Monroe Conservation District is making a concerted effort to seek feedback from engaged stakeholder groups, governmental staff, environmental organizations, and farmers. The data is used to assist the Districtís staff in planning for the next five years and guide the types of programs and assistance offered.
This planning process and this report include three parts, which are described below.
The main tasks to accomplish this work effort consisted of:
- The first part of the report provides an overview of the natural resources found in Monroe County as well as the relevant planning significance related to each resource. The background information is organized into several main categories: geology; soils; topography, drainage, and flood zones; wildlife and habitat; groundwater; surface water; and land use.
- The second part of the planning process consists of the engagement effort and the 5-year online survey, which was used to solicit ideas and suggestions from stakeholders, local officials, staff, and residents.
- Once the survey was compiled, the third part involves the development of an action plan to support the Districtís action for the next five years. This phase also included preparation of a full draft of the CNA report, which was presented to the Board of Directors prior to submittal.
Please read the full report here.
- Providing an overview of the natural resources found in Monroe County.
- Developing an online CNA survey.
- Seeking input from stakeholders and residents on resource issues and concerns.
- Summarizing the information obtained and identify the Districtís priority issues for the next five-year period.
- Update the Districtís long-range strategic plan, which identifies actions the District will take to address the priority issues outlined in the CNA.