Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District

Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District

Crow Wing County Land Services Building

322 Laurel St. Suite 13

Brainerd, MN 56401

Telephone (218) 828-6197 Fax (218) 828-6095

Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
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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 information center.




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MN Native Plant Producers Guide

2014-2015 GRANT:

Community Centered Runoff Grant

available now!

June 10th deadline


2014 Tree/Plant Pre-Order Sale

Jan 2015-March 2015

Request for On-Site Services for Landowners

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:

Here's how it works:

Step 1. Fill out the form and submit it. You can also request service over the phone. 218-828-6197.

Step 2. SWCD will schedule an appointment with you.

Step 3. SWCD will come out to site.  Cost is $60.00 after on-site assistance is complete.

The SWCD Board of Supervisors has approved a new fee schedule for SWCD services. Click here to download a summary of the new SWCD services.

Native seed mixes for sale - $35.00

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 $35.00 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.

Two mixes are available: Bank Stabilization and New Lawn. 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 sandy soils.

 Click here to download the full species list for each packet.

How-to Install Shoreline BMP Videos

"YouTube" Videos

Watch these videos and learn how to restore your shore naturally!

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.

Eligible Lakesheds in Crow Wing County

Forest Money is available for participants:

  • Low cost forest stewardship plan

  • Technical assistance

  • Forest stand improvement cuttings

  • Habitat management

  • Trail improvement

  • Tree planting

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 Natural Resources.

For more information, contact Darren Mayers, District Technician at or (218)-828-6197.

Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network 2013-2014 Schedule

The 2013-2014 BAELN will meet at the Land Services Building, downtown Brainerd, 322 Laurel Street, lower level meeting room 2, on the third Thursday of every month from 3:00-4:30 pm.

BAELN 2013-2014 Schedule

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Get Involved in the Pine River Watershed

The 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

Learn more about the watershed on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) website:

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 Agency.

Video produced by the MPCA about civic engagement efforts in the Pine River Watershed.

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New Email Addresses

Crow Wing SWCD Staff have new email addresses, effective June 30, 2012:

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Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment Successes

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

Read the Project Recharge! case study about the work of the Crow Wing SWCD.

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Fall Clean Up for Leaves and Grass Clippings!

Visit our new resource website on composting.

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. Email,

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: 218-543-6479

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.

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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 detail.

Little Buffalo Creek Watershed Map

In August 2012, Land Mosaic Collaborative, LLC of Prior Lake, Minnesota analyzed sources of pollution to Little Buffalo Creek with assistance from Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

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 Buffalo Creek.

The study will help the SWCD, City of Brainerd, and Crow Wing County prioritize projects that will improve the health of Little Buffalo Creek.

The Final Report (PDF, Size: 14MB) is available for download here.

County Water Management Plan 2013-2023

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Last updated February 14, 2014

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Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment Logo
Click on the Legacy Amendment logo to learn more about how the Crow Wing SWCD is spending grant dollars.

The next Board Meeting of Supervisors will be Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 9:00 am in the Crow Wing County Land Services Building Conference Room at 322 Laurel St. Brainerd, MN 56401.