Mission Statement

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

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Pennington SWCD does not and shall not discriminate in any of its activities or operations.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for anyone participating in our programs.

Pennington County

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**

Held Via Zoom

Video Conferencing

**May 27**

Held Via Zoom

Video Conferencing

**June 16**

Held Via Zoom

Video Conferencing

**July 21**

Held Via Zoom

Video Conferencing

**August 18**

Held at the Red Lake Watershed District Meeting Room and

Via Zoom Video Conferencing

**September 15**

Held at the Pennington County Government Center and 

Via Zoom Video Conferencing


**October 20**

Held at the Pennington County Government Center and 

Via Zoom Video Conferencing

November 17

December 15

What's Happening...

pennington swcd photo contest 

Looking for a fun outdoor activity that everyone in the family can take part in?  Then enter the Pennington SWCD Tree Photo Contest anytime from July 1 - October 31. 

Click here to see the current entries.

All photos submitted  must be taken in Pennington County and relay a conservation message about the importance of trees in our world.  Three winners will be chosen by the Pennington SWCD Board of Supervisors during their November 17th Board Meeting.  Each winner will receive a free Black Hills potted spruce tree and an 8 X 10 framed print of their photo. For more information and contest rules, click on the buttons below.  

Visit our Facebook page and like your favorite photos!


Landowners and operators interested in planting cover crops or installing side water inlets in the JD 30/18/13 and lower Thief River drainage areas highlighted in yellow on the map below, can currently receive financial assistance to implement these practices. 


Eligible participants will receive 75% cost-share for side water inlets.  Cover crop rates vary depending on what species is planted:

$15 per acre for single species cover crop

$25 per acre for two species cover crop

$40 per acre for multiple species cover crop

Even better yet, if you decide to implement both practices, your cost-share would go up to 90% on your side water inlet project.  For more information, call the Pennington SWCD office today at 218-683-7075.

2020 Rainfall Totals

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps - Formal Meeting Date To Be Determined


Interactive map for the preliminary floodplain boundary:



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 closed to the public but you can still reach us by phone (218-683-7075 or 218-681-1612).

For more information about COVID-19 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.

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201 Sherwood Ave S
Thief River Falls, MN  56701