Meetings are on Wednesdays at 4:00 PM, unless otherwise specified. HKCD meetings are public meetings, everyone is welcome. The following meetings will be held at the HKCD office at 205 Michigan Street in Hancock, MI 49930.

  • January 23, 2019

  • February 20, 2019

  • March 20, 2019

67TH ANNUAL MEETING APRIL 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM The Orpheum, Hancock

TREE SALE Saturday May 4, 2019 8:00 AM-Noon at the Houghton County Arena

See Events section for more information.

The mission of the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District is to advise and assist the people of Houghton and Keweenaw Counties to wisely manage and use our natural resources through education, information, technical assistance, and land stewardship.


In 1937, as a result of the dust bowl, President Roosevelt sent a Standard State Soil Conservation Districts Law to to each of the states’ governors, encouraging them to approve legislation to establish soil and water conservation districts. The purpose of these conservation districts was to work with programs provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), to help land owners better manage their soil and prevent erosion. Later, conservation districts were tasked to work with people in their local communities on all aspects of natural resource conservation.

In 1937, Michigan passed the Soil Conservation District Law Act 297 P.A. 1937. The HKCD was established in 1951 as a local unit of government and part of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

By law, conservation districts are required to have a five person elected board of citizens from their county or counties. HKCD has a five person elected board including citizens from Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The HKCD board has regular public meetings, usually monthly.

Board of Directors

Gina Nicholas, Chairperson

Tom Collins

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Mark Klemp

Steve Siira

Jim Tercha