Providing Leadership in Natural Resource Protection

OFFICE HOURS:  7:30 AM to 4:30 PM    Monday – Friday

 The Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District is now closed to the public.  Staff will be available to assist with your conservation issues.  Please make an appointment to meet with staff.  See the Staff tab for contact information.      (

The Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is once again taking tree orders for spring 2020 windbreak and wildlife plantings. Tree varieties available this year are: American arbor vitae, Eastern red cedar, Black hill spruce, Norway spruce, White spruce, White pine, Red maple, White Oak, Red oak, Midwest crabapple, Lilac (villosa), Cranberrybush, Black chokeberry and Redosier dogwood. Quantities are limited so for the best selection of trees, it is best to place an order by February 28th 2020. The SWCD has tree spades available to use for planting.


2020 Tree Order Form

Conservation Buffers

For more information on how the Dodge Soil and Water Conservation plans to monitor and track the Minnesota Buffer Law compliance in Dodge County, see the Dodge SWCD Buffer Law Monitoring and Tracking Plan.

Conservation buffers have been in the news lately.  Conservation buffers are strips or other areas with trees or grass that help control pollutants, erosion, or other environmental concerns.  Conservation buffers improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat by:

  • Slowing water runoff
  • Trapping sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, and dust
  • Protect wildlife and livestock from harsh weather
  • Reduce winds, noise and odors
  • Provide food, nesting cover and shelter for many wildlife species
  • Increase privacy and beautify the countryside

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released the Buffer Law Maps.  You can view the maps on the Minnesota DNR Buffer Law Page:

For more information on conservation buffers click here…

VISION STATEMENT: The Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District will be a visible leader in the proper management of Dodge County’s soil and water resources through its technical team providing education and implementation of the best management practices to ensure a healthy ecosystem.

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Dodge County Contour Strip.

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide leadership in natural resource protection through promotion and implementation of soil and water’s best management practices.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District will have their monthly board of supervisors meeting to be held at the Dodge Center Service Center, Dodge Center, MN, beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2020. (Third Thursday of the Month)

The Dodge Soil and Water Conservation District is located in the USDA Service Center:

916 2nd St. S.E.

Dodge Center, MN 55927

(507) 374-6364 ext. 3