2024 Annual Meeting

Landscaping for Biodiversity

You’re invited to:

The Kalamazoo Conservation District's Annual meeting and election.



You will learn the importance of planting natives and removing invasive species, regardless of the size of your yard or space.  Learn how our individual actions can collectively make a big difference. What’s the rush to regenerate biodiversity? Hear why joining the Homegrown National Park movement and getting on the MAP is so important.


January 31, 2024 @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Regional Training Ctr.

601 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo, MI



  • Dr. Todd Barkman, Professor of Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University
  • Donna Perry Keller, President - Audubon Society of Kalamazoo & native plant enthusiast
  • Mitch Lettow, Stewardship Director – Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy & active in Reforest Vine


Please join us for an evening of education, a silent auction, and delicious desserts. The cost to attend this event is $5 and you can pay at the door or pre-register by January 30. 


Pre-register by January 30th and be entered to win a rain barrel or Douglas W. Tallamy’s “Bringing Nature Home” book.

We highly recommend watching this short 25 minute video by Doug Tallamy. This video presents the grassroots, science-based solution to the biodiversity crisis and explains why it's so urgent. You will have a much better understanding how Homegrown National Park empowers all of us.


For more information about Homegrown National Park and how to get on the map, click below.

Photo from Second Wave Southwest Michinga: Joe Byars (left) and Mitch Lettow at a corner of Vine and Oak streets in Kalamazoo.

Reforest Vine: Cultivating an Urban Forest

Listen to this episode from Audacy about Reforest Vine. In this episode, they delve into the story of a group of neighbors who are making a tangible difference in their urban environment. Their mission is simple yet impactful: to create an urban forest by planting in small spaces like curb lawns. Starting with one small tree, they are envisioning enhancements to their community, improvements in air quality, and space and food for local wildlife. Meet key players in this grassroots initiative, Mitch Lettow, Joe Byers, Jeff Klyce, and Sharon Dever. Together, they've rallied their neighbors to turn their city streets into thriving green spaces.

Second Wave Southwest Michigan article:

Going Native Could Make Kalamazoo a Homegrown National Park


Photo of a native flowers planted in area that was formerly a lawn. From Second Wave Southwest Michigan/Mike Weis


KCD 2024 Annual Meeting Flyer


2024 Election

Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of Directors.


To all residents of the Kalamazoo Conservation District, notice is hereby given that on January 31, 2024, a director's election and annual meeting will be held at the Girl Scout Heart of Michigan Kalamazoo Regional Program and Training Center (601 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008). 

The candidates for directors are Lynn Coville and Jimyo Lisa Ferworn. On December 17, 2023, being forty-five (45)  days prior to the date of the annual meeting, absentee ballots are available for voting in this election by writing to or calling the Conservation District Office.

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