Bear Lake native now serving as MAEAP technician. 

July 13, 2021

Bear Lake native now serving as MAEAP technician. 

SCOTTVILLE — Justin Brown was recently hired as the new Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) technician for the Mason-Lake Conservation District and the Manistee County Conservation District. Brown, a native of Bear Lake, previously worked with the United States Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services, in Tennessee and Wisconsin conducting wildlife management activities for airports, corporations, and private landowners. He comes from an agricultural background where his grandparents, Merl and Betty Brown started Browns Orchards. MAEAP was created in 1998 by a coalition of farmers, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and conservations and environmental groups. It is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program for farms and landowners of all sizes and commodities to minimize agricultural pollution risks. There are four different systems that include farmstead, cropping, livestock, and forestry, wetland and habitat. MAEAP also provides some great incentives like discounts on insurance through farm bureau, and advantage for cost share, grants, and other assistance programs. Everything discussed regarding farm or forest operations is 100% confidential under MAEAP. This is guaranteed by state law and is intended to keep communication lines open between producers and Conservation District staff to help address any environmental issues that may arise.

Anyone with interest or questions about the MAEAP program should contact Brown at the Mason-Lake Conservation District via phone or email at  [email protected] 231-757-3707 ext. 109

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