SWCDs are local units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with landowners in both rural and urban settings to carry out a program for the conservation, use, and development of soil, water, and related resources.
Districts fill the crucial niche of providing soil and water conservation services to owners of private lands. Privately owned lands make up 78 percent of the land surface in Minnesota. Private landowners receive trusted conservation advice and assistance from SWCDs, which are governed by local leaders and focused on the conservation and other needs specific to the area they serve.
Stevens SWCD employs regular full and part-time staff and additional seasonal staff to accomplish our mission. We work, many times in partnership with other conservation agencies and groups, to set and accomplish measurable goals and long-range plans for conservation issues in Stevens County. We focus on activities such as the following: