Conservation district holding annual meeting Thursday


STERLING — Anyone interested in learning more about local conservation efforts is invited to attend the Arenac Conservation District’s annual meeting Feb. 16 at the Deep River Township Hall in Sterling, but the time to reserve a seat is nearing its end.

Dinner is being catered by H&H Bakery and Rest­aurant and scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The cost for dinner is $5 per person, according to Administrator Dawn Hergott.

Dinner will be followed by an awards ceremony and the re-election of Tim Hagley to the board of directors for another four-year term.

During the ceremony, Farmer of the Year will be presented to Brian Rueger, the first farmer in Arenac County to receive verification from the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.

The Agriculture Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented to veterinarian Ron Schwab due to his years of conservation efforts and passion for planting trees in Arenac County. Schwab also acted as veterinary science leader for Arenac County 4-H in the past.

Awards will also be given to one student from each of the three divisions of the annual poster contest.

Hergott said there will be time available for public comment if anyone chooses to participate.

“It’s just kind of a time that the community can come and meet board members and staff,” Hergott said. “We just try to recognize what we’ve done since the previous year, things we’ve accomplished this year and introduce staff and industry partners.”

Each year, a guest speaker presents on a topic relevant to conservation during the meeting. Wildlife Outreach Technician Katie Keen of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is slated to present on Michigan black bears this year. Keen was selected after receiving a suggestion from a representative of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Hergott said.

The deadline to RSVP is Feb. 13. Hergott said there are about 100 seats available and they fill up fast.

For more information, contact the Arenac Con­servation District at 989-846-4566.


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