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2023-2024 SWCD Aid Guidelines are posted under District Business/Reports and Financials

Our office does not have regular office hours. 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.

Preserve, Protect and Enhance Water Quality and Other Natural Resources

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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.

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What We Do

Check out our annual newsletter: Conservation Connection 2023

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 – Watercraft inspectors check to ensure that boaters and anglers follow clean, drain, dispose laws and may deny access if necessary. Decontamination stations provide a free and thorough process of removing aquatic plants and animals. Decontamination is provided at locations near Gilbert, Cook, Tower, and Ely from May – September annually. If you take your watercraft (boat, canoe, kayak, jet-ski etc.) from lake to lake, you can have our staff decontaminate your boat to reduce the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species to other lakes. If your boat stays on one body of water the entire season, you can opt to have it decontaminated before storing it for the winter.
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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  • 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, October 18th 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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