Lake County Conservation District

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 2019 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 - $7.75 per rod.
  • Trees planted at more than 7' apart in-row spacing - $6.75 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!

2nd Annual Soil Health Day
Lake County Conservation District hosted their 2nd annual Soil Health Day at Nicky’s in Madison on Wednesday, Sept 26th. Two Lake County producers, Bill Nelson and Aaron Johnson, gave talks on implementing “soil health” practices on their farming operations in Lake County. Both Nelson and Johnson are Soil Health Champions, under the “NACD Soil Health Champion” program, which is a program created for the purpose of sharing information and conservation methods with other producers about management practices that will improve soil condition and productivity. Lynsee Planting, NRCS District Conservationist, spoke as well on implementing “soil health practices”.

Also included in the program were Barry Berg, project coordinator from the Big Sioux River Watershed Project, speaking about Riparian project work that had been accomplished under the Big Sioux River Watershed Project. And Angela Ehlers, Executive Director for the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts spoke regarding the different items that are coming before the South Dakota State Legislature in 2019 that are sponsored by or impact South Dakota’s Conservation Districts.

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.

2019 Resource Conservation Speech Contest

2019 Resource Conservation Speech Contest Brochure

The Lake County Conservation District is sponsoring the 2019 Speech Contest for all high school students, grades 9-12, in Lake County. The topic for this year's speech contest is "Ag Technology: Farming and Ranching for a Future".

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 30, 2019.

Contact Information

Main Office

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



Monday, July 15, 2019

Public Notice of FEMA's intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by severe winter storm, snowstorm, and flooding during the period of March 13, 2019 to April 26, 2019.

Zoning Office Closed 7/19/19
Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Zoning Office will be closed on Friday, July 19, 2019.

July - License Plate Renewal M/N
Monday, July 1, 2019

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that begins with M or N.

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