The South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Van Buren Conservation District with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 7.
The Van Buren Conservation District is a tax and grant-funded resource available to all residents of Van Buren County. Founded in 1944, VBCD provides educational programming and resources related to environmental protection, conservation and related issues throughout Van Buren County. Some of their programs include native and invasive species identification, water quality testing, recycling programs, produce safety assessment and certification, watershed projects and many others, including their very popular annual tree seedling sale, which will be held April 19-21 at the Bailey Museum in South Haven.
Helping regular people conserve the environment is the over-arching mission of the VBCD. “We are non-regulatory, so we’re able to provide guidance to people without the worry of getting in trouble with the government,” says long-time board member Carl Druskovich. “They can be honest with us about any problems they’re dealing with, and we can help them determine best practices as well as connect them with resources to help get them on the right track.”
For more information on the Van Buren Conservation District, check out their website at VanBurenCD.org, call (269) 657-4030, or stop into the office at 1035 E. Michigan Ave. in Paw Paw.