MAEAP - Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program
Holly Moss, MAEAP Technician
MAEAP is a comprehensive, confidential, proactive program designed to reduce farmers' and forest landowners' legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) Education; 2) On-site specific risk assessments and practice implementation; and 3) Verification that ensures the farmer or forest landowner has implemented environmentally sound practices. The program covers four systems - Farmstead, Cropping, Livestock and the Forest, Wetlands and Habitat System. After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm or forest landowner can display a MAEAP sign signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm as environmentally assured. There is no cost to participate with this program.
FAP - Forestry Assistance Program
Rory Mattson, Forester
906-553-7700 or 906-280-6947
Rory works with non-industrial private forest landowners with a variety of forestry and wildlife management needs, and wetland questions. He can provide you leads on financial assistance opportunities based on your goals and objectives for your land. He can assist you in applying for the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) that help landowners reduce their taxes on forest lands.
NRCS - Natural Resource Conservation Service
Mike Van Wyk, District Conservationist
906-428-1060 x 3
Mike helps Schoolcraft and Delta County landowners develop conservation plans, and he provides advice on all phases of the Farm Bill’s recommended voluntary conservation practices. As the District Conservationist he works with landowners through conservation planning and technical assistance designed to benefit soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.