Who we are and what we do...
The Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a locally organized, self-governing body chartered by the State of Minnesota. We are statutorily charged with the protection of Beltrami County's soil and water resources and have been active since 1950 when our initial certificate of organization was issued by the Secretary of State. We deliver a wide variety programs and services in response to the agricultural, environmental, and recreational needs of private landowners.
Beltrami SWCD is accountable for all its activities, being independently audited annually with a review by the State Auditor's Office. We receive very little direct state funding and generate the majority of our operating budget from special project grants, sale of trees and platbooks, and contracts for services. We depend largely on performance based funding and have received grants and contracts-for-services from numerous agencies and other funding entities.
We are not a county, state, or federal agency although we work closely with partners at each of these levels. We are not part of the DNR. We are sanctioned by the State of Minnesota but do not receive our payroll from the state as do other state agencies. SWCD staff are not considered to be state employees. Because of our unique status, we are ideally positioned to foster cooperative collaborations between private land owners and governmental agencies from the local to the national level.
As we look to the future, we see the continued need to assist landowners with their concerns while protecting the natural resources of Beltrami County. Stop in to say hello and talk about your conservation needs!