History: On May 16, 1957, the Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District was established by local farmers and others to “provide technical and financial assistance to landowners.” This assistance took the form of survey and design of erosion control practices; cost-share for projects like fencing; advice and information to landowners planning to develop property; and education programs and contests for school-aged children.

Our Mission: to apply conservation practices to the land and provide educational opportunities to landowners and groups. We strive to develop common sense, cooperative programs to address resource needs. Our purpose is to work with others to achieve sound management of our natural resources.

Board meetings:  Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month starting at 9:00 a.m. To view the meeting location, please visit the online calendar.

Office hours: Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. excluding holidays.

Clean water, land, and legacy amendment logo, with the outlines of ducks flying over cattails, music notes, a fish, and a stream cutting through several trees.

Some of the SWCD’s activities include:

  • Information and advice to landowners
  • Water Planning
  • Shoreland buffers and vegetation protection
  • Tree Sales
  • Educational activities
  • Wetland Conservation Act
  • Cost-Share assistance
  • Forestry Assistance
  • Forest Management video series (Click here)

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