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About West Otter Tail SWCD

Our Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement

Because our natural resources (soil, water and air) are so fragile and easily degraded, it is the mission of the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District to promote the wise and proper use of all natural resources within the District. We strive to achieve this goal for the economic, environmental and aesthetic betterment of all.

Awards and Recognitions

Awards and Recognitions

2011 - MASWCD/MNDOT Living Snowfence Award

2011 - PF Acre Maker Award—Aaron Larsen, Project Manager

2015 - MASWCD SWCD of the Year Award

2015 - BWSR Outstanding Employee of the Year—Brad Mergens, District Manager

2016 - MN Pheasants Forever Brood Booster Award

2017/2018 - Polaris Habitat Stewardship Award (awarded by Pelican River PF Chapter)

History

History

The West Otter Tail SWCD was formed on February 8, 1944. When formed the SWCD consisted of only 15 townships (Oscar, Elizabeth, Carlisle, Fergus Falls, Orwell, Buse, Dane Prairie, Western, Aastad, Tumuli, St. Olaf, Maine, Amor, Sverdrup, and Nidaros). In 1947, the remaining 16 townships were added.

The first District Supervisors included Mervin Hagen, Alfred Putnam, W.H. Dewey, Harry Burau, and Theo Hegseth.