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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.


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2018 Annual Tree Sale

New this year: Red Splendor Crabapple & Bur Oak

Order deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018

Pickup: Thursday & Friday, May 11 & 12, 2018

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

at DNR Loading Dock

7979 Hwy 37, Eveleth

Quantities are limited. Order early for best selection!

218-749-2000 Call/Text

Native Trees in the Northlands

Want to learn more about the trees for sale this year? Beth Kleinke, our District Forester will be teaching several classes about northern Minnesota native trees through District 2142 Community Education.

Locations & Dates:



Northeast Range:

3/6, 3/7, 3/8, 3/9

Tower – Soudan:

2/24, 3/17

Specific details are available in the 2018 Community Education Catalog, available at District 2142 Community Education. Please register through the local Community Education Coordinator for each class:


Carol Andrews

(218) 744-5392

2892 Timber Lane

Zim, MN 55738


Northeast Range:

Joseph Kaufenberg

(218) 827-3101 ext 4419

30 South Drive

Babbitt, MN 55706


Tower – Soudan

Leone Graf


1640 Camp Lake Road

Ely, MN 55731


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 in Cook, Tower, and Ely from May – October 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 mission is to protect and maintain our natural resources by assisting people and organizations to live in harmony with the environment. With local leadership, we offer programs that fit our people and our land.

Our Staff
North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District Northland Office Building

307 1st St S, Suite 114
Virginia, MN 55792

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. Suite 118
The public is encouraged to attend.

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