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During this unprecedented time, for the health and safety of our customers and staff, our office is closed to the public. Please conduct any SWCD business by email or telephone.

Find information on how to plant and care for trees and native plants on our Annual Tree Sale Page!

Board Supervisor Election Filing – May 19 through June 2, 2020.

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in northern St. Louis County should consider filing by June 2 to run for the position of Board Supervisor of the North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

“Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, soil erosion, and invasive species,” noted Peggy Pearson, Board Chair with the North St. Louis SWCD.

“Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment,” she said.

This year, the North St. Louis SWCD has three Board Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 3, 2020. Candidates are elected to represent the entire SWCD, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms. These include:

  • Nomination District 2: Cook to Ely/Embarrass to Crane Lake
  • Nomination District 4: Mt. Iron to Lavell & McDavitt townships.
  • Nomination District 5: Virginia to Bassett Township and south to Ellsburg Township.

Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state agencies, and legislative priorities. Currently, the meetings are held on the second Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive $75 compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.

Those interested in running for Supervisor need to file from May 19 through June 2, 2020. With the filing location – the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth – currently closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the County Auditor has announced new filing options. Candidates are able to file by mail, using the secure drop box, or by appointment for curbside drop off. Regardless of the filing option a candidate chooses, all documents and fees must be physically received by the Auditor’s Office by June 2 at 5 p.m.

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.

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What We Do

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
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 10th at 10:30 a.m.
Meetings to be held electronically until COVID-19 concerns subside. Call or email Anita for login information.

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