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Save the Date – July 22nd, 2015
MN Traveling Invasive Species Workshop
(updated 4/24/15)

The Minnesota Invasive Species Council (MISAC) and the MN Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Chapter invite you to attend the MN Traveling Invasive Species Workshop meeting at Elm Creek Park Reserve Chalet on Wednesday, July 22nd.

The traveling workshop is a one-day, field based workshop taking place in the West Metro and Three Rivers Park District. This year’s topics include early detection and identification of newcomer invasive plants, zebra mussel control, battling wild parsnip, using goats and fire to manage buckthorn and much more!

This will be a full day event beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending by 4:00 pm. Registration fees cover the cost of lunch, water/ice, and transport between field sites. Registration details will follow at a later date. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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Minnesota Chapter SWCS
Award Winners
(updated 3/26/15)

Education Award : Steve Simons accepted the award on behalf of Central Minnesota Water Education Alliance.

MN SWCS Scholarship Award : Patrick Hagen –
2014 University of MN, Crookston graduate.

Commendation : Kelly Oliver and Russell Kleinschmidt 

Congratulations to the winners!

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70th SWCS International Annual Conference
Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel
Greensboro, NC
July 26-29, 2015
To view the full Call for Presentation and instructions on how to submit your proposal, visit www.swcs.org/15ac   

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Students and Professionals
SWCS Scholarships and Award Nomination forms are available now.
Deadline for all application submissions
is January 1, 2015

Student Scholarship Application Form

Awards Nomination Form
(updated 10/28/14)

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Approved By-Laws
(updated 2/13/14)

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Exciting Soils Information!
(updated 10/16/12)

Minutes from Executive Committee
(updated 8/13/12)

Chapter President's message - Link to Blog site
(update 4/11/12)


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Signs of spring!

Welcome to the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). SWCS is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization - founded in 1943 - that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy. SWCS has over 5,000 members around the world. They include researchers, administrators, planners, policymakers, technical advisors, teachers, students, farmers, and ranchers. Our members come from nearly every academic discipline and many different public, private, and nonprofit institutions. 

SWCS chapters throughout the United States and Canada conduct a variety of activities at local, state, and provincial levels and on university campuses. These 75 chapters represent the grassroots element of the organization. Each chapter elects its own officers, organizes conservation forums, and formulates local recommendations on land and water conservation issues.


Our mission is to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Our work targets conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources on working land—the land used to produce food, fiber, fuel, and other services that improve the quality of life people experience in rural and urban communities. We work to discover, develop, implement, and constantly improve ways to use land that sustains its productive capacity and enhances the environment at the same time.

We pursue our mission through a combination of research, education, and advocacy. Our ongoing activities and special projects are designed to:

  1. Improve the practice of conservation by fostering the development of state-of-the-art conservation practices and systems.

  2. Improve conservation policy by bringing science and professional judgment to bear in shaping local, state, provincial, and federal policy.

  3. Enhance the capabilities of conservationists through training and professional development.

  4. Sustain the ethic and spirit of professionalism among conservationists through networking and mutual support.