Agriculture and Land Management


Aitkin County currently has two pieces of equipment for rental on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click on the name of each in the list below for more information. Currently, there are:

Buffer Compliance

Minnesota State law and county ordinance require strips of perennial vegetation – buffers – along lakes, rivers, streams, and ditches. Required buffers may be up to 50 feet, but the required width is variable; this width depends on the water body to be buffered. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the buffer requirements on your parcel.

Click here for more information about how the Aitkin SWCD ensures buffer compliance.

Conservation Subdivision Design

Planning to subdivide your land for sale and development? The Aitkin SWCD can assist in you in minimizing the environmental impact of splitting a property, and can help in planning wildlife corridors, preserving trees, maintaining natural water drainage, and more. Click here for more information.

Aitkin County Culvert Inventory

The Aitkin County SWCD is in the process of conducting a county-wide culvert inventory, one township at a time. All the culverts on township and county road right of ways will be included, with information about the condition, size, and type of each culvert. As each township’s inventory is completed, a map will be created for each township. Click here for more information about this inventory.

Soil Health

Aitkin County SWCD has cost share available to offer for implementing Soil Health Best Management Practices. We can help to improve the soil health on your land. For more information on Soil Health BMPs check out the articles below AgroForestry Carbon Farming Drone Use No Till/Strip Till Silvopasture Soil Compaction Allelopatic Weeds

Noxious Weed Control

Common tansy (left), common buckthorn (center), and spotted knapweed (right).

Noxious weeds in Aitkin County

The Aitkin SWCD works to report, manage, and contain infestations of noxious weeds. A list of Minnesota’s noxious weeds is maintained here, with several maps of reported species in Aitkin County.

State noxious weeds

A list of Minnesota’s noxious weeds can be found on this page.

Gravel pit noxious weed certification

The Aitkin SWCD has piloted a program to spray participating gravel pits in the county for species such as spotted knapweed; these weeds are often spread through the movement of seeds in sand and gravel, or on heavy equipment working in these areas. Click here for more information about this program.

Noxious weed videos

The Aitkin SWCD has created informational videos about two common invasive species in Aitkin County: Common Tansy and Spotted Knapweed. Click on the name of each species to see the related video.