Soil and Water Conservation District


To provide comprehensive soil and water conservation services in Beltrami County.


To inform and educate the public and policy makers on environmental conservation issues.

To enhance and protect the quality of Beltrami County water resources.

To improve and protect the soils in Beltrami County.

To promote and assist in sustainable forest management.


The Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) provices a wide variety of services to the property owners of Beltrami County. Call or stop by our office to discuss the following list of services:

Countywide Citizen Lake Monitoring Program

AgBMP low-interest Loan Program

State Cost Share Program

Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Conservation Easement Programs

MN/DNR Groundwater Observation Well Monitoring Program

Wetlands information and assistance to landowners

Non-Point Engineering Assistance Program (NPEAP)

Floating silt curtain and tree planting equipment rental

Bare root trees and shrubs for conservation planting

Volunteer Rainfall Monitoring Network

Pick-up and Drop-off Site for well water test kits

Wood-ash utilization information and application assistance


Lake Screening

Stormwater Community Partners

The organization of the Beltrami County Soil Conservation District (changed to Soil and Water Conservation District in 1958) was motivated by conservation issues such as drainage, low soil fertility, water erosion, poor pastures, forest management, and wildlife and recreation needs. In March of 1950, a certificate of organization was issued by the State, the result of the efforts of county farmers, the Veteran's agricultural classes and instructors, businessmen, and the Agricultural Extension Service. Twenty-one townships in central north-east part of the county comprised the District in 1950, and the office with two part-time employees was located in Kelliher. The remaining southern townships were included in 1954 as was the Red Lake Indian Reservation in 1969. The townships north of Upper Red Lake were included in 1972 and the northwest twelve townships were included in 2010.

In 2010, a cooperative agreement was entered into between the SWCD and the Beltrami County Board. The agreement highlights a collaborative partnership to achieve efficiencies and improved delivery of environmental conservation programs. The SWCD will continue to assist landowners in protecting and preserving the natural resources of Beltrami County.


  • 701 Minnesota Ave NW, Suite 113
    Bemidji, MN 56601
    218-333-4158 F: 218-333-8486