Lake County Conservation District

Due to COVID-19, the Lake County Conservation District Office is closed to the public until further notice, but we encourage the public to contact us by phone or email. Our office phone is 605-256-2571. You can contact our office to request a 2022 tree order form or you can click under the Tree Order Form info to access a copy of the tree order form. You can also email us at lakecd@sdconservation.net.


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
2022 Lake County Conservation District Board of Supervisors: Carolyn Rudebusch, Chairperson; Alan Schaefer, Vice-Chairman; Jerry Bergheim, Treasurer; Roger Albertson, Supervisor; Jim Hildebrandt, Supervisor

Tree Order Form
Click here to download the 2022 Tree Order Form.

Lake County Conservation District orders and plants trees every spring. We can usually inventory most of the trees on the order form. Lake CD starts with an initial order in the fall, and then we can supplement that order based on what tree stock is still available at the nurseries. We typically inventory Conservation Grade tree stock species that are suitable for growing in shelterbelt plantings in this area of South Dakota. Most stock is bareroot and dormant, and averages approximately 16 inches in height after planting. This size is the most suitable for machine planting.

Please look through the order form and contact us with questions. We are here to serve 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 $.85 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, are recognized as "NACD Soil Health Champions" for implementing soil health practices on their farms in Lake County.












2022 Resource Conservation Speech Contest

2022 Resource Conservation Speech Contest Brochure

The Lake County Conservation District is sponsoring the 2022 Resource Conservation Speech Contest for all high school students, grades 9-12 that reside in Lake County. The 2022 Speech Contest topic is "Rivers and Streams Benefit South Dakota". $2,300 in scholarships will be awarded at the State Speech Contest.

Lake County CD can select a 1st & 2nd place speeches, and those two winners from the Lake County Contest will be eligible to participate in the Area Contest. 1st place local speech is awarded $100, with the 2nd place speech awarded $50.

Two winners from the area contests can move on to participate in the State Conservation Speech Contest in Pierre where the scholarships are awarded to the top three speeches.

The local conservation district contest must be completed on or before March 26th; the area contest must be completed before April 9th and the state finals will be held in Pierre on April 23, 2022, at the State Capitol in Pierre, SD.

If you would like an entry form/brochure, you can print one from our website at lake.sd.gov/custom/conservation-district or you can email Lake County Conservation District at lakecd@sdconservation.net . You can also contact Lake County Cons District by phone at (605)256-2571.


2022 Arbor Day Creative Writing Contest

2022 Arbor Day Creative Writing Contest Rules

Lake County Conservation District is sponsoring the local level of the 2022 Arbor Day Creative Writing Contest. The theme for this writing contest is the importance of Arbor Day and trees – why we celebrate Arbor Day in South Dakota, and why it is important to plant and care for trees across the state. We invite your fifth and sixth grade students to submit their essays. Students are encouraged to focus on personal experience and to remember that originality and effectiveness are major factors in the judging. Creative writing entries should be no longer than 250 words.

Writing entries need to be submitted no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, March 25, 2022 to the office of Lake County Conservation District at 123 SW 2nd St, in Madison, SD 57042. Please refer to the brochure on our website for additional details at lake.sd.gov/custom/conservation-district

The 1st place winner of the local contest in Lake County will receive a $25 cash award and a certificate, and the 2nd place local winning entry will receive a cash prize of $15 for their efforts. The 1st place entry will also be forwarded to the State contest for judging to compete for the cash prizes that are awarded at the State Contest level. Each student that submits a writing entry to the local contest will receive a packet of tree seeds to grow their own tree.

If teachers or students have any questions, please check our website for additional details at lake.sd.gov/custom/conservation-district or feel free to email us at lakecd@sdconservation.net.

Due to COVID-19, the Lake County Conservation District Office is closed to the public until further notice, but we encourage the public to contact us by phone or email. Our office phone is 605-256-2571. You can contact our office to request a 2021 tree order form or you can click under the Tree Order Form info to access a copy of the tree order form. We can also be contacted by text or phone call by cell phone number at 605-270-2758. You can also email us at lakecd@sdconservation.net.

Contact Information

Main Office

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

Phone:
605-256-2571
Email:
lakecd@sdconservation.net

Announcements

Planning Commission Application Deadline - 12/27/2022
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Deadline to submit application to Zoning Officer for January Planning Commission meeting.

PUBLIC SNOW REMOVAL NOTICE
Saturday, November 12, 2022

NOTICE: An individual who plows snow from a driveway onto a public road, or plows snow from a driveway across a public road piling it in the ditch, may be in violation of a SD law that prohibits dumping on or within highway right-of-ways. Intentional dumping on a highway right-of-way is a Class 1 misdemeanor. This may also be a violation of a SD law that prohibits the destruction of a highway grade or ditch, which is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

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