Assisting people with soil and water resource management

It is the mission of the Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District to assist area people with soil and water resource management.

The Mille Lacs SWCD office will reopen to the public on Monday, June 22, 2020 though some staff will continue to work remotely. Resident and employee safety remains our primary focus. The SWCD has developed a Preparedness Plan to ensure that services are restored in a safe manner that mitigates the potential transmission of COVID-19. The Preparedness Plan may be viewed on the SWCD business page or Business Preparedness Plan. The public is encouraged to contact us for an appointment. Because some staff will continue to work remotely, an appointment will ensure we can respond to needs promptly. The SWCD will also continue providing normal services to the public via phone, email, fax, mail and field visits. The public is encouraged to wear face coverings and practice social distancing while visiting the SWCD. Do not schedule an in the field meeting or enter County and SWCD facilities if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness.

Mille Lacs Soil & Water Conservation District

The SWCD provides technical and financial assistance to county residents, local government units, and watershed organizations as well as other agencies and organizations. We also provide assistance to individuals and organizations with natural resource management plans, implementation of the Wetland Conservation Act, natural resource education, and implementation of effective natural resource practices.

Our programs are funded through a variety of sources including county allocation, grants, contracts with local government units and watershed organizations, state and federal cost share, and a small amount from private industry.

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Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

Ninebark is a large (6') shrub that develops long arching branches that provide excellent cover for wildlife. The outer layer of the bark peels in thin papery sheets leaving new, red wood underneath. Blossoms are white and are highly attractive to pollinators such as...

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If you are not able to find what you’re looking for or need more information about how we can help support your soil and water conservation projects, contact us!

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Mille Lacs SWCD is located in the lower level of the Mille Lacs Historic Courthouse at 635 2nd Street SE in Milaca.

Phone: 320-983-2160

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