Mission Statement

To provide landowners and other agencies with technical assistance in identifying and improving resource issues.


Pennington County is situated among the prairies and farmland of the Red River Basin in northwest Minnesota. The County has a population of about 13,500 with the City of Thief River Falls as the county seat. Other communities within the county include Goodridge and St. Hilaire.

Office Hours

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.    M-Th

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.    F        

SWCD: 218-683-7075

NRCS: 218-681-1612

Board Meetings

Third Tuesday of each month  

9 a.m.

USDA Service Center

Conference Room

Thief River Falls, MN

Board Meeting Dates

January 21

February 18

March 19

April 21

May 19

June 16

July 21

August 18

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 15

Data Practice Policy

What's Happening...


Our supervisors and staff want to assure you we are taking every precaution necessary to help keep you safe and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please be aware, our office is currently open to the public by phone only (218-683-7075 or 218-681-1612).

Because of the uncertainty of this virus, many of the events we had planned for this spring have now been canceled:

  • Envirothon

  • SWCD Annual Banquet

  • Home, Sports, & Family Show Booth

  • Stewardship Week Inserts

For more information about the Coronavirus and how to protect yourself and your family click here.

We want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain and constantly changing time.

Event Has Been Canceled!

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Pennington SWCD Banquet has been canceled.

Order your trees today!

Spring is just around the corner and we only have a few varieties of trees left in stock, so now is great time to get your order placed before the inventory runs out:

Potted Black Hills Spruce (12"-18") $12.00 each


Bare root trees ($50.00 for bundle of 25):

White Cedar

Red Pine


Bare root trees ($40.00 for bundle of 25):


Red Splendor Crab

Redosier Dogwood


Amur Maple

Red Maple

Norway Poplar

Our staff is currently working from home because of the COVID-19 "Shelter in Place Order" but we will be happy to take your order over the phone. Please give us a call at 218-683-7075 to place your order today.


Stay safe and stay well!

**Buffer Cost

Share Available**



Pennington SWCD has financial assistance available for landowners to reach compliance with the Buffer Law.  For more information, call the Pennington SWCD office at 218-683-7075.

Six area producers took part in an information brunch to learn more about the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP).  The program certifies farmers that implement and maintain best management practices in their operations with a 10-year regulatory certainty for any new water quality regulations.  For more information click here.