Our Story


Rooted in Conservation Since 1961

 As a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), our role is to maintain and improve the natural resources of the county. Being a State agency that operates at a local level, we collaborate directly with residents to enhance the landscape and benefit the wider community. While initially serving farmers and managing soil erosion, our focus has expanded to land occupiers in general and nearly all landscape features.


A Mission Towards Progress

Conservation isn't just simply planting trees or managing erosion when troubles arise. It requires a planned approach with a focus on improvement over time by working with the landscape. 

Our mission in turn is to assist land occupiers in protecting and enhancing the natural resources of Carlton County with focus on:

  • Watershed Planning
  • Forestry Technical Assistance
  • Agriculture Technical Assistance
  • Urban Conservation Assistance


Your Land, Your Goals, Our Expertise

While our goal is to improve the status of conservation in the area, we recognize the varying needs and visions of land owners. In turn, we look to find the potential of the landscape and match that to your goals. Whether that means more wildlife, timber in the future, or a lasting legacy. We aim to make it a reality.

SWCD Staff

Our technical staff is trained in the areas of water quality, agriculture, forestry and easements.  We are here to help with your conservation goals

SWCD Board

The Carlton SWCD Board is made up of 5 elected officials.  Board meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month in the Carlton SWCD board room.

County Water Plan

 In 2016, responsibility for implementation of the  County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan was transferred to  Carlton SWCD.


View our annual report, budget, audits, grant information and more.


If you don't see your question listed here then please give us call.  We'd love to help.