Minnesota Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Inc.



Mission: Developing and promoting economic human & Natural resources through cooperative efforts

Serving the Minnesota counties of: Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis, Carlton, and the Grand Portage Reservation

Recent Projects Undertaken:

  • Knife River Habitat Restoration Project
  • Stream Science Symposium
  • Lake Superior Watershed Ditch and Culvert Design Workshop
  • Wild Rice Shoreland Protection 
  • Little Brule/Gauthier Creek Sediment Reduction Project
  • International Falls waste-to-energy gasification facility
  • Silver Bay Eco-Industrial Energy Park
  • Partner with the Minnesota Forest Resource Council
  • Grazing workshops
  • Development of a Brushland Biomass Energy/Wildlife Habitat 
  • The reintroduction of Lake Whitefish to the western end of Lake Superior
  • Grand Portage Reservation Fish Hatchery
  • Riparian tree planting projects
  • Implement the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects
  • Flute Reed River partnership
  • Duluth Community Gardens 
  • Lake Superior Coldwater Coalition
  • Superior National Golf Course
  • Community Action Program Duluth / Miller Creek Field Work
  • Biomass Brush Harvesting/Minnesota Power
  • BioBaler Demonstrations


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Feature Project

The MN Lake Superior Watershed Stream Science Symposium was a significant success.  There were 189 registrants representing local, state and federal government, nonprofits, university researchers, and private industry.  Attendees traveled to the event from across the Great Lakes states and Canada.

Attendees heard thirty-nine speakers cover topics that ranged from Minnesota’s new watershed framework, MN Lake Superior watershed geology, and hydrology to the unique fishery and impacts of climate change. Breakout sessions and an interactive online comment gathering process gathered feedback and important ideas from the audience.  A panel presentation centered upon funding sources wrapped up the two-day event.


Board of Directors

Kevin Adee, Koochiching County Commissioner
Dave Berglund, Cook County SWCD Alternate
Dick Brenner, Carlton County Board
Ron Brodigan, Lake County SWCD
Norman Deschampe, Grand Portage
Garry Gamble, Cook County Commissioner
James Hall, Cook County SWCD
Frank Jewell, St. Louis County Commissioner
Darrell Lauber, Itasca County SWCD
Al Linder, Koochiching County SWCD
Ted Lovdahl, Itasca County SWCD
Mark Mandich, Itasca County Commissioner
Catherine McLynn, Itasca County Commissioner (Alternate)
Albert Moline, S. St. Louis SWCD
Peggy Pearson, N. St. Louis SWCD
Kim Samuelson, Carlton County SWCD
Don Simons, Itasca County SWCD (Alternate)
Pete Walsh, Lake County Commissioner