Isanti Soil & Water Conservation District


Forests play a critical role in keeping water clean by absorbing and filtering water, preventing erosion through soil stabilization, and allowing for groundwater recharge.  Forests also provide important and sustainable social, recreational, and economic benefits for landowners and the general public.

Managing private woodlands can be a challenging and sometimes overwhelming task.  The options are endless, and the results of poor management decisions can take decades to heal.  Luckily, there are many opportunities for landowners to get technical assistance on managing their woodlands.

Currently the SWCD does not have the capacity of offer technical assistance for private woodland management.  However, we are currently working on building our skills to include Forest Stewardship Planning.  Forest stewardship plans are an excellent staring poring for any forested-land owner interested in learning more about their resources and caring for the future of Minnesota forests.  A written plan includes an inventory of your forest, sets long-term goals with possible funding for activities such as tree planting, timber stand thinning, timber harvesting, improving wildlife habitat, or creating a low-impact hiking trail.  We are also actively pursuing dedicated funding from the Clean Water Act to offer Forested Conservation Easements in the Rum River Watershed.

So what if you need help with Private Forest Management?

If you are an Agricultural Producer, you may be eligible for assistance from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRCS District Conservationist @ 763-689-3354 ext 101

Until we are able to offer technical assistance, you will find help from the folks below:

Cambridge Area Forestry Office: 763-689-7100

Certified Arborists/Approved Forest Stewardship Plan Preparers

MN DNR Forest Health

Rain Garden Information

Rain Garden Incentive Program - City of Isanti

The City of Isanti views rain gardens as a powerful tool to manage stormwater, as well as a great way to add aesthetic elements to residential lots. In order to encourage its residents to install rain gardens, the City of Isanti has the Residential Rain Garden Incentive Program. Program participants will be given tools for planning and implementing rain gardens on their property, and approved applicants will be reimbursed 50% of the cost, up to $500, for plants, soil, and other supplies to get the garden started.  Click here for more information.

2018 Annual Highlights

2018 was a busy year for Isanti SWCD. Click here to read all about our most recent Conservation programs and priorities. We would like to send out a special thank you to all our Federal,monitoring culvert sm State, and Local partners who support our mission to preserve, protect and enhance water quality, soil, and other natural resources in Isanti County. We’re already planning great things for 2019 including targeted agricultural outreach, lakeshore restorations on Green Lake, and conservation planning in the Lower St. Croix Watershed.