Current Issues Affecting Michigan Local Governments: Chronic Wasting Disease - A Statewide Issue With Local Solutions

April 22, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Contact: Eric Walcott

April 22, 2020
10-11 a.m.

This program is an online webinar. The webinar link will be sent out following registration. 

Presentation by:

  • Katie Ockert, Chronic Wasting Disease Educator, Michigan State University Extension


Elected and appointed officials at all levels of local government, as well as interested local government staff and residents.


Since chronic wasting disease (CWD) was first detected in Michigan in 2015, 181 deer have tested positive for CWD across 8 lower peninsula Michigan counties and 1 upper peninsula county. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has instituted a variety of regulations to help manage the spread of CWD but there is more that can be done through local government engagement.

This webinar will include a presentation by MSU Extension CWD Educator, Katie Ockert. This presentation will help participants understand how the DNR regulations help manage the spread of CWD, how you can help bolster community buy in to those regulations, and share additional options for further local action.

Cost: Free

Potential Future Topics

  • Assessing and Addressing Local Service Needs
  • Road and Transportation Funding
  • Public Engagement on “Wicked” Issues
  • Strategic Planning in Local Government
  • Fiscal Sustainability
  • Engaging the Public in the Budget Process 

For information on this webinar series, or to view previous webinars, visit the program page: 


Tags: chronic wasting disease, civic engagement, community, community government, cwd, economic development, finance, fiscal management, government, land use, local governement, local government, michigan state university, msu, msue, msu extension, planning, public policy

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