The 2016 Resource Assessment allowed the people of Saginaw County to voice their concerns on various conservation topics. Over the next 5 years, we will be focusing our decisions at the District on the feedback we received. Below are the results we gathered from the survey. 

Years Lived in Saginaw County
Less than 1 year - 4%
1-5 years - 0%
6-10 years - 5%
10+ years - 91%

Amount of Property Owned
None/Rent - 14%
1 acre or less - 31%
2-10 acres - 20%
11-40 acres - 17%
41-100 acres - 7%
100+ acres - 11%

Setting Lived in
Urban - 14%
Suburban - 11%
Rural - 47%
Farm - 28%

Best Category that Applies to Saginaw County Resident
Builder/Developer - 2%
Farmer - 25%
Governmental Agency - 0%
Homeowner - 70%
Business Owner - 2%
Conservation Organization - 1%

Sources Used to Stay Informed
Newspaper - 18%
Local Meetings - 10%
Facebook - 18%
Word of Mouth - 22%
Internet - 20%
District Newsletter - 12%

Land Use Concerns in the Next 5 Years
Loss of Farmland - 26%
Natural Areas - 26%
Planning/Zoning by Local Governments - 16%
Revitalization of Urban/Downtown Areas - 18%
Increasing Impervious Surfaces - 11%
Other - 3%

Water Quality Concerns in the Next 5 Years
Storm Water Management - 13%
Failed Septic System - 7%
Loss of Wetlands - 17%
Saginaw Bay Cleanup - 13%
Non-Point Source Soil Erosion - 8%
Agricultural Pesticide/Fertilizer Management - 15%
Residential Pesticide/Fertilizer Management - 17%
Cropland Drainage Concerns - 10%

Wildlife and Habitat Concerns in the Next 5 Years
Destruction of Habitat - 21%
Wildlife Survival - 13%
Native Species Restoration - 5%
Wetland Restoration - 10%
Lack of Public Hunting Land - 11%
Invasive Plant Species Control - 22%
Property/Land Damage by Wildlife - 7%
Improvement of Established Habitats - 11%

Recreational Activities Enjoyed in Saginaw County
Hunting - 17%
Hiking - 10%
Farming - 9%
Fishing - 18%
Bicycling - 9%
Gardening - 18%
Bird Watching - 8%
Backyard Orchard - 6%
Other - 5%