Itasca County SWCD



The Mission of the Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is to provide a local organization through which landowners and operators, local units of government and state and federal agencies can cooperate to improve, develop and conserve soil, water, wildlife and recreational resources.

The SWCD will encourage adoption of proper land use practices as needed, recognizing that these measures are essential for maintenace of permanent and prosperous natural resource-based industries in Itasca County.


Who We Are:

The Itasca SWCD is a local agency which provides access to 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.  Urban and rural landowners, businesses, industry and agencies may request these services.  Click here for a comprehensive list of who we are and what we are involved with.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of the State of Minnesota established for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources.

Leadership and governance is provided by a board of five (5) locally elected Supervisors.  The role of the elected Supervisor is to develop policy, long-range plans and budgets.
  Our five Supervisors Include: Chuck Isaacs, Ted Lovdahl, Don Simons, Terry Tillotson, and Darrel Lauber.


Board Meetings:

Our board meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 9:00 am at our office.  In the event that the first Tuesday of the month is a holiday, the meeting will be held the following business day.  Members of the public are welcome to attend board meetings.


SWCD Staff:

Jim Gustafson - District Manager

Noel Griese - Lakes and Waters Specialist

Andy Arens - Forestry and Shoreland Specialist

Matt Johnson - Natural Resources Technician

Kathy Loucks - Office Administrator

Contact Itasca County SWCD

Jim Gustafson, District Manager
1889 East Hwy 2
Grand Rapids, Minnesota  55744-3278
Phone: (218) 326-0017
Fax: 218-326-8938


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Itasca County, Minnesota

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