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Filing period for SWCD supervisor candidates opens May 19

Candidates interested in filing should check with their county auditor’s office.

May 12, 2020

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SERVE AND PROTECT: Minnesotans are encouraged to apply to serve on their local soil and water conservation district boards. The filing period is open May 19 through June 2.Paula Mohr

Minnesotans interested in influencing natural resources issues at the local level are encouraged to run for supervisor positions on their local Soil and Water Conservation District boards.

SWCD supervisor positions are filled through general elections, which will take place Nov. 3.

Those interested in running for supervisor should file at their county auditor’s office from May 19 to June 2 at 5 p.m.

“An SWCD is a special purpose unit of government comprised of nonpartisan, elected supervisors who are passionate about conserving Minnesota’s remarkable natural resources,” says Roland Cleveland, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts president and Chisago SWCD supervisor. “SWCDs focus on building community relationships and collaborate with private landowners to conserve and protect our state’s land and water resources.”

SWCDs are a primary source of conservation information, support and program management for landowners and other local units of government. They are the technical experts that understand their specific communities’ needs and help landowners navigate conservation programs from start to finish.

An elected board of supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs.

Candidates are elected county wide, except for SWCDs in the seven-county metro area, where candidates are elected by the voters within that nomination district of the SWCD. Applicants must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election.

SWCD supervisors serve four-year terms and meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, and coordination with other local units of government and state and federal agencies.

Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.

Contact your local SWCD for more information.

Source: MASWCD, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all of its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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