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 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.

Contact Information

Main Office

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



Load Limits - Effective 3/02/2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Seasonal road restrictions will become effective at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020, due to the unusual warm weather conditions. Click here to view the list of restrictions. Seasonal road restrictions will remain in effect until lifted by the Lake County Highway Superintendent.

February - License Plate Renewal C/D/E
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that beings with C or D or E.

Monday, January 13, 2020

For Filing Nominating Petitions for the Primary Election and for Filing Independent Candidate Petitions - Click HERE to view the Notice.

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