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Our Mission: To work cooperatively with the public, nonprofit organizations, and
governmental entities in protecting our water and land resources
through the use of conservation practices; providing local
leadership for the prudent use and conservation of water, soil, and
associated resources while serving as a local natural resource
Whatever your need -- onsite visits, wetland conservation, tree
planting, technical assistance -- the SWCD now makes it easier! Request SWCD on-site assistance by
completing the online SWCD Work Order:
Seeds are available at the SWCD Office in the Crow Wing County Land
Services Building in downtown Brainerd, behind the courthouse.
SWCD invites the general public to purchase native
seed mixes for $30.00 per 4 oz. pack. The mixes
contain seeds of local ecotypes that were harvested and packed
within 100 miles of Brainerd by Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc.
of Otsego, MN.
Three mixes are available: bank stabilization, shoreline buffer, and
urban oasis. The mixes contain seeds of 20-30 species of native plants
and each packet covers 500 square feet. Each mix contains species that
are suited to dry, moist, or wet conditions and full or part sun. The
species also grow deep roots that prevent erosion, grow showy flowers
that attract birds and butterflies, and are drought tolerant and like
Crow Wing SWCD, University of
Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources,
and Thirty Lakes Watershed District have partnered to
produce these videos for contractors and landowners.
Project funded by the Clean Water,
Land, and Legacy Amendment.
Trees are the Roots of Good Fishing!
SWCD is looking for private landowners
to actively manage forestland and maintain forested cover
within deep cold-water Tulibee lake watersheds (an area
that drains into a specific lake). Eligible Tulibee Lake Areas
are: Bertha, Big Trout, Clear, Crooked, Kimball, Pelican, Pig,
and Star. Click on the map for a larger image.
Forest Money is available for participants:
Low cost forest stewardship plan
Forest stand improvement cuttings
Also, landowners with the forest management plan can
receive cost savings for keeping their land in forest management. Cost
savings may include: the Sustainable Forestry Incentive Act (SFIA) tax
incentive and Class 2c Managed Forest Land classification property tax
discount (Class 2c).
Funding is provided through the Board of Water and Soil
Resources, Clean Water Legacy Amendment, and Minnesota Department of
Pine River Watershed is the focus of the Crow Wing SWCD's water
monitoring and civic engagement efforts in 2012-2013. The watershed
contains parts of Crow Wing, Cass, Aitkin, and Hubbard counties. Pine
River and Crosslake are major cities in the watershed. Citizens
interested in protecting water quality in the watershed should contact
Melissa Barrick, Crow Wing SWCD District Manager, at 218-828-6197 or
Current partners include:
In-fisherman, Emily Meats, KYO Ranch, Shamps Meat, Cass SWCD, Baxter,
Gander MT, Linder Media Productions, Babe Winkelman, Stone Woman Herbal,
Sunshine Gardens, MN DNR, BWSR, Happy Dancing Turtle, Pine River
Watershed Alliance, Whitefish Property Owners' Association, University of
Minnesota Extension and CWC Extension, Crow Wing Cass Counties, Crow
Wing County Lake and River Alliance, and Minnesota Pollution Control
Video produced by the MPCA about civic engagement efforts in the Pine River Watershed.
You can read case studies of completed projects that
were funded by the Clean Water Fund of the 2010 Clean Water, Land, and Legacy
Amendment on the Board of Water and Soil Resources
(BWSR) website at
Compost leaves at home or take leaves to one of the
following leaf composting sites:
Pelican Lake Conservation Club
Location: Pelican Lakes Community Center located off County
Road 4, one mile south of the Breezy Point Resort entrance.
Mission Transfer Station: Hours: 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Month
of October. Location: Township Hall 28994 Fools Lake Road, Crosby, Minnesota
56441. Phone: 218-546-6393
Ideal Transfer Station: Hours: Fall: Labor Day - November 15,
Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Location: Located off of County
Road 16 at the end of West Island Lake Drive. West Island Lake Drive is about
2.5 miles east of Hwy. 371 or 5.5 miles west of Ideal Town Hall. Phone:
City of Baxter: Hours: September 30th to October 30th from: 3 –
7 p.m. on Tuesday; 3 – 7 p.m. on Thursday; 3 – 7 p.m. on Friday; 8 – 6 p.m. on
Saturday; and 1 – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Location: Mapleton Road and Jasperwood Drive
in south Baxter. Phone: 218-454-5100
Crow Wing County Landfill: Hours: October 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday – Saturday November 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Location: 15728 St
Hwy 210 Brainerd, MN 56401. Phone: 218-824-1290.
Study Investigates Health of Little Buffalo Creek Watershed
The Little Buffalo Creek is a minor tributary of the Mississippi River that
drains 4,223 acres in the City of Brainerd
and surrounding Crow Wing County. The land use in the watershed includes hay fields, high
density residential, low density residential, industrial, multiple
family residential, mobile home parks, open space, park, pasture, roads,
and commercial. Click on the image below to see the watershed in greater
In August 2012, Land Mosaic Collaborative, LLC of Prior
Lake, Minnesota analyzed sources of pollution to Little
Buffalo Creek with assistance from Central Lakes
A cost-benefit analysis was also completed to identify
precise locations for projects that would reduce
pollution for the lowest cost. The report contains:
Description of the study area
Methods used to perform the model analysis
Descriptions of individual sub-watersheds of the
Little Buffalo Creek
Prescribed treatment options
Recommended projects to help clean the Little
The study will help the SWCD, City of Brainerd, and Crow
Wing County prioritize projects that will improve the
health of Little Buffalo Creek.