What’s New at Ingham Conservation District


Free Tire Recycling


Saturday July 25th

Ingham County Fairgrounds

700 E. Ash St, Mason

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bring your unwanted tires for free, environmentally responsible disposal.

Important Information: 

  • You must be a resident of Ingham County.  ID will be required at drop off.
  • Each resident may drop off up to 7 tires
  • RSVP by July 17th using the button below.  Please indicate the number of tires you will be bringing.
  • Only residential/household tires may be dropped off.  No commercial or agricultural tires can be accepted.
  • Volunteers are welcome.  If you would like to volunteer please use the Contact Us link to let us know.

Eventbrite - Tire Recycling

Geocaching and Garlic Mustard

Saturday May 9th

Thank you Geocachers and Awesome Volunteers who removed nearly 500 pounds of Garlic Mustard from valuable habitat at the Ingham Conservation District!

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All the garlic mustard we pulled has been recorded in The Stewardship Network's database.  Over 172,500 pounds of garlic mustard were pulled statewide in 2015 and 33 sites area officially free of this invasive plant.  Visit TSN's Garlic Mustard Challenge homepage for more details.

To access geocache coordinates for the ICD caches click here.


2015 Green Space Trail Race


This years race will be held

Saturday October 10th  

New 5K Walk!

5K Run

10K Run

New Half- Marathon!

We're looking forward to a great year with new routes, new sponsors, more prizes, music and great food!  Don't miss out on the fun!  The 2015 Race Application is available for download on the Green Space Race Page or sign up online today.  Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.  Contact our office if you'd like to get involved.


Celebrate Our Rivers!


Do you care about your Mid-Michigan rivers? 

Join us for a night of food and fun on the Michigan Princess Riverboat.

•Explore your rivers

•Find out water quality testing results

•Discover neighborhood efforts

•Connect with local experts

Thursday September 17th, 2015
     Boarding/Registration 5:30
     Boat departs 6pm
     River Cruise ends at 8:30

Register by Sep 3 for $20 (includes dinner, cruise, and goodies)  http://celebraterivers.eventbrite.com

Partners include: Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton Conservation Districts, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, MSU Institute of Water Research, Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council, and more!

Any questions, please call  (517) 543-1512 x 5


Find the State's Biggest Trees!

Sycamore Tree

Join ReLeaf Michigan in a 2015 contest to find the biggest trees in Michigan.  The entry deadline is August 1, 2015.  The "Big Tree Hunt" is a great way for people of all ages to participate in tracking these vital, living historical landmarks.  Certificates and prizes are awarded for the largest tree submitted for each county.  Download a form and learn more here.


 Ingham Conservation Center Trail Map Available

Thanks to MichiganTrailMaps.com the Ingham Conservation District now has a wonderful new trailmap available, including pictures and descriptions of what you'll find here.  Click here to view the map.  Please see the information at the bottom of this page regarding use of the ICC trails.  We look forward to seeing you!


Join the ICD Stream Team!

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The ICD has received a grant from the Michigan Clean Water Corps to expand it's macroinvertebrate "bug" sampling to up to 12 sites across Ingham County.  We will be looking for new and returning volunteers to join us for our fall 2015 sampling.  Please use the contact us link to let us know if you'd like to join the team.  Sampling dates will be posted soon.

Qualified Forest Program 

Red Pine

The purpose of the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) is to encourage private forestland owners to manage their land in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable manner.  Landowners who qualify for the program receive an exemption from school operating taxes and/or exemptions from the uncapping of the taxable value of the property in the event of a change in ownership.   Landowners interested in enrolling in this program may apply to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). If you are currently enrolled in the MDNR QFP you can transfer to the MDARD program.  There is no fee to apply for a transfer, but some documents are necessary. Visit MDARD's QFP information page or contact our office at 517-676-2290.  If you are interested in learning more about hiring a Consulting Forester, MSUE has an informational bulletin available.  Our staff can assist you in determining if you qualify for the QFP or with questions on facilitating a program transfer.  


Feel free to walk the Trails.

The North and South side of Dexter Trail are open for you to walk the property dawn to dusk each day.  Please keep pets on a leash and keep children and pets close at hand while crossing the dam.  

Please be aware that from October 1 – December 31 the property may be leased for hunting.  Watch for "Hunting in Progress" signs posted near the north and south parking areas.  Please be courteous to hunters, keeping in mind that peak hunting times are dawn and dusk, and always wear hunters orange.  Thank you!


Join Us in Social Media.

Visit the Ingham Conservation District on Facebook and Twitter (InghamConsDist) to follow current events and breaking news.






If you have questions, please use the "contact us" tab or call 517.676.2290.  Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 am-3 pm and Friday by appointment.