Lake County Conservation District

Due to COVID-19, the Lake County Conservation District Office is working remotely until further notice. Please contact us at 605-270-2758 or by email at

Our Mission
To promote proper stewardship of all natural resources in Lake County.

Our Services
We are here to assist all residents in Lake County with their Conservation needs. We can help you design, measure, and layout shelterbelts and windbreaks. We recommend species, spacings, and placement for your tree plantings. We offer full machine tree plantings along with laying fabric mulch over your machine planted trees. You can also purchase trees for your own handplanting needs, and we also have tree protectors available to be ordered, to prevent animals from browsing your new tree seedlings.

Board of Supervisors
Board of Supervisors (left to right): Jim Hildebrandt, Roger Albertson, Alan Schaefer, Vice Chairman; Craig Johannsen, and Carolyn Rudebusch, Chairperson. Michelle Goodale, District Manager

Tree Order Form
Click here to download the 2020 Tree Order Form.
Lake Co Conservation District orders and plants trees every spring. We can usually inventory most of the trees on the order form. Our initial order is placed around Thanksgiving of each year, and we will supplement that order as we are able with available stock at the nurseries. If you don’t see a tree species that you are interested in, please contact us by phone or email and inquire with us. We will be happy to check to see if there is some possible availability from our nurseries. We typically order and inventory tree stock that is suitable for growing in our area of South Dakota. Most stock is bare root and dormant and approx. 18-20 inches in height.

Please look through our order form and contact us with questions. We are here to assist you!!

Charges for Services
We provide complete Machine Planting Services, and the quoted rates include custom planting, equipment and labor, and the trees.

Machine tree planting sites are as follows:

  • Trees planted at less than 7' in-row spacing - $8.00 per rod.
  • Trees planted at more than 7' apart in-row spacing - $7.00 per rod.

Fabric Mulch Services - complete service - 6 foot fabric mulch for newly planted tree plantings is $.75 per linear ft.

Minimum charge for Machine Tree Planting Service: $250.00
Minimum charge for Fabric Mulch Services: $250.00

Contact us with your questions and needs on other conservation needs, such as seedlings, construction of waterways and terraces, rotation grazing plans, etc!

Soil Health Day

Aaron Johnson (left) and Bill Nelson, farmers in Lake County, spoke about implementing soil health practices on their farms at the recent 2nd annual Soil Health Day hosted by Lake County Conservation District.

2020 Resource Conservation Speech Contest

2020 Resource Conservation Speech Contest Brochure

The Lake County Conservation District is sponsoring the 2020 Speech Contest for all high school students, grades 9-12, in Lake County. The topic for this year's speech contest is "What Does a Tree Do For Me?".

Two winners from the local Lake County contest will be eligible to advance to the area contest and two winners from the area contest will move to the state finals. Monetary awards are given to the winners at each level. The State Contest awards scholarships to the three top speeches.

To receive an entry form and the contest rules, please contact Michelle at the Lake County Conservation District, 256-2571, or email The local contest must be completed on or before March 28, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the Lake County Conservation District Office is working remotely until further notice. Please contact us at 605-270-2758 or by email at

Contact Information

Main Office

123 SW 2nd Street
Madison, SD 57042
(Located in USDA Ag Service Center)



County Offices Closed
Monday, May 18, 2020

County offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day.

Primary Election Notices
Friday, May 15, 2020

Click here to view the Notice of Primary Election, Notice of Testing Automatic Tabulating Equipment, and Instructions to the Voters.

Sample Ballots
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Sample ballots are available for the June 2nd Municipal Election, School Board Election, and Primary Election.
Municipal Election and School Board Election Sample Ballots
Primary Election Sample Ballots

County Response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency - Updated 5/5/2020
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Commission has updated its plan for continuity of county operations in response to the COVID-19. Please review the release for specific details: 5-5-2020 Release.

May - License Plate Renewal H/I/O
Friday, May 1, 2020

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that begins with H or I or O.

Absentee Ballot Application (Photo ID)
Monday, April 27, 2020

State law requires completed absentee ballot applications to be notarized or include a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID card. Voters may take a photo of their ID (driver's license or non-driver ID card, tribal photo ID, passport, or other picture lD issued by the US government, or a current student photo lD issued by a SD high school or postsecondary education institution) and email it to the Auditor at:

Auditor's Press Release - 4/27/2020
Monday, April 27, 2020

Auditor Roberta "Bobbi" Janke has issued a press release related to the Primary Election. To view the press release, please click here.

Resolution 2020-06 Designating Polling Places and Secretary of State Press Release Dated 4/10/2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

On 4/14/2020, the Lake County Commission passed Resolution 2020-06 Designating Polling Places for the June 2, 2020 Primary Election. The Secretary of State also issued a press release on 4/10/2020 advising his office will mail absentee ballots to all South Dakotans registered in the statewide voter registration file. Click here to view both the resolution and the press release.

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