The Board of Directors for the Newaygo Conservation District will hold the next regular board meeting on February 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Newaygo Conservation District Office, 940 W. Rex St., Fremont, MI  49412.

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Newaygo Conservation District Forestry Assistance Program 

The Newaygo Conservation District is pleased to announce the Forestry Assistance Program (FAP).  Governor Snyder signed into law Public Act 42 of 2013 on June 6, 2013.  This program was enacted in Newaygo County to assist landowners with their forestry needs.  This will include the registration of forest land into the Qualified Forest Program (QFP).

For further information please contact this office at (231) 924-2060 x 5 OR click on the following link which will take you to the Oceana Conservation District website which housing the local FAP Forester for Newaygo, Oceana and Muskegon Counties.




Managing Our Natural Resources 

Newaygo Conservation District is an independent unit of state government which has a philosophy and commitment to the stewardship and conservation of the environment.  The NCD consults with landowners to educate them in the planning and use of their land.  All programs and services are available without regard to race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familal status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, because of all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.



Volunteer's Always Needed!

Are you able to volunteer time to the Newaygo Conservation District to make a difference?

The Newaygo Conservation District is always looking for individuals that live in Newaygo County to serve a four year (elected) term on the Board of Directors.  We continually look for individuals that represent the demographics of Newaygo County.

If you are interested please contact us at any time to discuss the next election opportunity.  (Names and numbers are listed under:  Who we are)

Thank you for your interest. 



The Newaygo Conservation District was organized in 1949 with the purpose of improving and maintaining soil productivity and for the purpose of obtaining efficient, appropriate and economical use of the land.

In 1950 the Nursery was started.  The land on which the Nursery is located was leased from the Henning family.  After Ed Henning passed away Vera Henning continued the life lease of $2,000 annually.  This lease ended with the passing of Vera Henning in December of 1999 when the ownership was then transferred to the Newaygo Conservation District.

Currently the District sells bare-root seedlings.  Annually, approximately 1 to 2.5 million trees (conifers, hardwoods, small trees and shrubs) are sold to Conservation Districts throughout the State of Michigan as well as local residents.  Trees grown at our Nursery are native to Michigan.


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Conservation Practices Information:

Protecting our natural resources is made easier with the help from staff, partners and the use of technical standards.  Conservation practice information covers seeding, erosion control activities, water quality improvement and protection, and wildlife habitat development.  Project information can include details, designs, material needs, contractor lists, and photos on how a project may appear when completed.


  • Reforestation & Wildlife Habitat
  • Conservation Practice Information
  • No-Till Drill
  • Tree Planting Information
  • Wetland Restoration Information
  • Conservation Project Materials
  • Water Stewardship Program
  • Nursery (bare-root seedlings)
  • Soil Information
  • Video & Slide Shows
  • Brochures, Books, Maps, Fact Sheets
  • Kropscott Farm Environmental Center
  • Stephen F. Wessling Observatory 






    Service area - Newaygo County

  • Office:
    940 W. Rex Street
    Fremont, MI  49412
    Phone: (231) 924-2060 x 5
    Fax:  (231) 924-4140
  • Nursery:
    1725 E. 72nd Street
    Newaygo, MI  49337
    Phone:  (231) 652-7493
    Fax:  (231) 652-4776
  • Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



     Due to the nature of our work, the office may be closed during regular office hours as our staff are working in the field or attending appointments with landowners.

Thank you!

Our Mission Statement

To provide guidance and leadership
in conserving,maintaining, and improving the natural resources of our Newaygo County.


Newaygo Conservation District is an independent unit of state government which has a philosophy and commitment to the stewardship and conservation of the envirornment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). 



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