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Our staff are available by telephone, email or by appointment. You are always welcome to stop by the office. Although we can’t be sure the right person will be there, we are happy to assist you! Please call or email to set up an appointment.

Check out our annual newsletter: Conservation Connection 2024


Run for elected SWCD Supervisor office, file by June 4.


Preserve, Protect and Enhance Water Quality and Other Natural Resources

The North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a local government agency providing conservation and resource management services. In cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, the District provides technical assistance, cost-sharing and natural resource management information and education. Landowners, businesses, industry and agencies may request these services.

The mission of the North Saint Louis Soil and Water Conservation District is to encourage sustainable use of our natural resources by engaging people in soil and water conservation in northern Saint Louis County.

Consider running for elected Supervisor office if you live in nomination districts 2, 4, 5. File with the St. Louis County Auditor by 5 p.m. on June 4th to be on the November ballot.

What does it take to be a soil and water conservation district Supervisor?

Soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) are special purpose units of government that manage natural resource programs. Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs cover the entire state; their boundaries usually coincide with the county lines. St. Louis County has two SWCD’s separated by Township Line 54/55 near Cotton. Each SWCD is run by a board of five elected Supervisors.

To be a Supervisor, you need:


Supervisors must have – or be willing to learn – some basic knowledge to effectively carry out their responsibilities. They must understand:

  • some of the fundamentals about the environment and how it works;
  • the relationship between land use decisions and the environment;
  • the effect environmental decisions have on other aspects of our lives; and
  • local concerns, attitudes and needs.



Supervisors must be concerned about:

  • our environment and natural resources;
  • maintaining and improving water quality; and
  • protecting our soil.



Supervisors must be willing to take an active leadership role in the community. This can involve:

  • setting local conservation priorities;
  • educating friends and neighbors about the environment;
  • working with other local government units, state and federal agencies, and other elected officials;
  • setting a positive example.
  • taking unpopular stands;
  • balancing economic needs with environmental concerns; and
  • sacrificing short-term gains for long-term benefits.


Being a Supervisor involves one board meeting a month and many incidental responsibilities. Supervisors receive no salary, although they do get per diem, currently $125, and expenses. See the following resources for more information.

Becoming a Candidate for SWCD Supervisor

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it take to be an SWCD Supervisor?

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What We Do

Check out our annual newsletter: Conservation Connection 2024

Our mission is to encourage sustainable use of our natural resources by engaging people in soil and water conservation in northern St. Louis County. With local elected leadership, we offer programs that fit our people and our land.    The North St. Louis SWCD is a local government agency that offers these services to land owners and users in the northern part of St. Louis County, Minnesota:

  • Water & Soil – Exactly what is a wetland? Wonder how to stop soil erosion? Confused by all the agencies and who does what? Contact us and we will help you sort it out. You can have our staff assist you with your project. We offer free technical assistance and design services.
  • Forestry – You can have our Forester walk through your property and provide ideas of how you can best meet the goals you have for your property. Learn about programs that could provide you tax relief. You can have a Forest Stewardship Plan written for a fee to provide you with a guide for managing your wooded acres.
  • Aquatic Invasive Species – Protect the region’s pristine waters from Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) through watercraft inspections, watercraft decontaminations, AIS education, & early detection is our mission. Watercraft Inspectors ensure boaters follow MN clean, drain, dispose laws, and check watercraft and equipment to help prevent the spread of AIS. Free watercraft decontamination services are provided around the region to remove and kill potential AIS and stop aquatic hitchhikers. AIS educational services are also provided to inform all water users of the issues and devastating impacts of AIS. Detecting and documenting any new AIS infestations in the region through early detection monitoring helps us adjust our efforts to make sure we are doing our best to protect our water’s and prevent the spread of AIS!
Our Staff
  • Zach Evans Zach Evans

    Regional Farm Bill Forester

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  • Miranda Frenning Miranda Frenning

    Accounting & Human Resources Specialist

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  • John McCormick John McCormick

    Regional Farm Bill Forester

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  • Kaela Natwora Kaela Natwora

    St. Louis River Watershed Conservationist

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  • Tristan Nelson Tristan Nelson

    District Forester

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  • Phil Norvitch Phil Norvitch

    Resource Conservationist

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  • Anita Provinzino Anita Provinzino

    District Administrator

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  • Becca Reiss Becca Reiss

    Community Conservationist

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  • Jon Utecht Jon Utecht

    Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator

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North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, June 12th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the SWCD office. A link is available to join virtually by contacting Anita at least 2 hours prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

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