(218) 732-0121 603 North Central Ave, Suite 100. Park Rapids, MN 56470

Soil Conservation

Every year we offer affordable trees
for conservation efforts. 
Windbreaks are used to reduce wind  
erosion, snow drifts, reduce drying of plants
in the summer months, reduce heating costs,
and provide shelter for animals.

Tree Order Form

Cost Share Projects 

Available for conservation practices applied to the
land for the purpose of controlling or preventing soil 
erosion, sedimentation, nutrient runoff, or other water
pollution to maintain the sustainable use of soil 
and water and other natural resources. 

Water Conservation

We can all do our part to protect our pristine
water. Natural Shoreline buffers, fertilizing lawns 
and gardens with zero phosphorus fertilizer, 
reducing, capturing, and cleansing runoff
are just a few examples of how 
we, as stewards of this land, can help. 


Hubbard County is blessed to have some of
the clearest and cleanest lakes in the State of 
Minnesota. These crystal clear waters provide
a wonderful recreational venue for residents,
seasonal visitors, and vacationers alike.

Minnesota Watershed Virtual Lab

  • Check out our watershed exploration tools to learn about local watersheds at several different levels.
  • View some of the educational modules related to conservation in our watersheds.
  • Check out some of our videos related to watersheds and wildlife that call it home.
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2021 Tree Order Form

Please visit our Products tab for up-to-date information on what trees are still available to order for the 2021 Tree Sale!

Tree Order Form

March Inhouse Nitrate Clinic

Our next ‘Drop Off’ Nitrate Clinic will be March 5th from 9am – 2 pm.
Click on the button below for more information.
Please Note:
(There will be a special drop-off on April 1, 2021 for the northern part of the county. See details below.)

Drop Off Nitrate Clinic Information & FormApril 1st Drop-Off


The Hubbard SWCD Board of Supervisors will be holding their monthly board meeting via ZOOM
on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 8:30am.
Please call (218) 732-0121 ext. 101 if you are interested in attending this meeting.

Farmer Feedback Needed for Conservation Planning

Please take a few moments to do a survey to give feedback on ways to strengthen the value of a conservation plan and to improve the delivery of conservation planning assistance to landowners.
Survey closes March 15th!

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New Scholarship Available to Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certified Farmers

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering a new scholarship for farmers to learn business management strategies that will lead to profitable and competitive farming operations.

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Private Land Management for BIG White-tailed Deer

Find out how your land could produce trophy bucks!

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MN Dept of Agriculture Nitrate Information

Information for the Groundwater Protection Rule is available on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website. The video and many more links with information are available through the link below.

Nitrogen Fertilizer Restrictions Information for Farmers

Hubbard SWCD Office Hours during COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to COVID-19 the Hubbard SWCD Office will be open by appointment only until further notice. The Hubbard SWCD staff will be working remotely Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm and can be reached by alternate emails:

Crystal Mathisrud, District Manager at: crystal.hcswcd@gmail.com

Annette Olson, Administrative Assistant at: adolegare@gmail.com

Brandon Spain-Brist, Forest Resources Technician at: brandon.hcswcd@gmail.com

Jake Shaughnessy, Water Quality Resource Technician at: jake.hcswcd@gmail.com

Peter Jacobson, Water Quality Resource Research & Easement Specialist at: pejacobs.hcswcd@gmail.com


The current 2019 Plat Books are available in our office as well as the Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Northern Bait Company, Rock Creek Store (by Itasca State Park north entrance),
Laporte Grocery Store, Hubbard County Treasurers Office, and Citizens National Bank.
County tax forfeited land identified in each township.

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SWCDs: Working in partnership to protect our natural resources

MASWCD published this clip on Oct 10, 2018 about how Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) supervisors
and staff are helping implement important conservation programs!

YouTube video

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide leadership, education, technical advice, financial assistance to landowners, cooperating agencies for various programs and projects with the goal being the whole community working together in harmony to pursue the sustainable management, wise-use, and protection of the district’s soil, water, forests, wildlife, and recreational resources.

Current Projects and Events



In 2019, the state of Minnesota passed the Groundwater Protection Rule (GPR). GPR will reduce the risk of nitrate from...
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Learn more about the One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) program that is designed to foster collaboration between upstream and downstream...
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Leech Lake River 1W1P

Recent updates on Leech Lake One Watershed One Plan (1W1P) Check out the Leech Lake River Website Leech Lake River...
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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has adopted a new method of evaluating Minnesota’s waters from individual lakes and stream...
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Irrigation Scheduling Program in Hubbard, Todd and Wadena Counties

We are looking for more producers to enroll in the Irrigation Scheduling Program in Hubbard, Todd and Wadena Counties. Complete...
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Pilot Nitrate Testing in Southern Hubbard County

Hubbard County SWCD has teamed with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and has completed free nitrate testing of private wells...
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Monthly Nitrate Testing for Private Wells at the SWCD Office

The first Friday of every month the Hubbard SWCD does free nitrate testing of private well water from 9 am...
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Pineland Sands Aquifer Project

The Hubbard and Wadena Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were the recipients of a $40,000 Enbridge Ecofootprint Grant to...
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Buffer Strip Law

In 2015, Governor Dayton passed the Buffer Law designating an estimated 110,000 acres of land for water quality buffer strips...
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Community Partners Grant

Hubbard SWCD was awarded $100,000 in Clean Water Land and Legacy funding that was granted to organizations and landowners for...
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