FORESTER - New Service
In an effort to serve our landowners owning forest land, both the North & South St. Louis SWCD's joined forces to hire a forester. She will come out and walk your property, identify its needs and your desires. From there she can write a Forest Stewardship Plan to assist you in managing your forested property. There is a fee for the FSP - which can be offset if you enroll your land in state or federal programs. Beth can be reached at 218-730-8002 or

If your community group or organization has a project that will result in cleaner water, please contact us for information. Up to $25,000 or 75% of project total, whichever is less, may be available to your group. A 25% match is required and can include labor and equipment usage. Ideas include erosion repair, rain gardens, impervious surface parking lots etc. 

Office Information
  • Generally we are open 8:30 - 4:00 weekdays. However, with a limited number of staff and a short season to do field work, we are not in the office every day, all day. Please feel free to set up an appointment to meet with us. 
  • Our office is located in the Northland Office Building at 307 First St S, Suite 114, Virginia MN 55792.

The North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a local government agency providing conservation and resource management services. In cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, the District provides technical assistance, cost-sharing and natural resource management information and education. Landowners, businesses, industry and agencies may request these services.


Anita Provinzino, District Administrator, anita(at), 218-471-7284

Jared Ecklund, Resource Conservationist, jared(at) 218-471-7285

Phil Norvitch, Water Resources Specialist, phil(at) 218-471-7287

Beth Peterson, Forester, Beth.Peterson(a) 218-730-8002

There is also a general office email: nslswcd(at)

North St. Louis SWCD
307 1st St S, Suite 114
Virginia, MN 55792

Mission and Services

The mission of the North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide local leadership and programs that protect and maintain our natural resources by assisting people and organizations to live in harmony with our environment.

North St. Louis SWCD includes all lands in St. Louis County north of but not including Township 54. See Map Here This area is approximately the northern three-quarters of St. Louis County, and contains more than three million acres. 

Do you need assistance in Southern St. Louis County?
Go to Southern St. Louis County Web site.

District and Board

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of the State of Minnesota established for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources.

Leadership and governance is provided by a board of five locally elected Supervisors. The role of the elected Supervisor is to develop policy, long-range plans and budgets. Our Board Supervisors are:

  • Margaret (Peggy) Pearson, Chair (District 1)
  • Gary Rantala, Vice-Chair (District 2)
  • Curt Kleist, (District 3)
  • Charles Bainter, Secretary (District 4)
  • Mark Peterson, Treasurer (District 5) 

Click here to meet the Board of Supervisors. 

The Next Board Meeting will be held on: 

Monday, August 15th at 10:30 a.m.

Northland Office Building 

307 1st St S, Suite 118

Virginia, MN 55972

The public is encouraged to attend.