The Hennepin Conservation District (HCD) was founded in 1949 as a Special Purpose Unit of Government under Section 103C of Minnesota Law. HCD is one of 91 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout Minnesota and is part of a national network of conservation districts.
The original charter of HCD was "to provide a local organization through which land owners and operators may obtain on-the-farm technical assistance" with a focus on productive agriculture. The role of HCD has evolved as the landscape of Hennepin County has changed.
Today, HCD is involved in a wide variety of land and water conservation issues. Our work extends from assisting landowners with sustainable land use to working with municipalities to develop growth management strategies. Our programs and expertise seek to strike the balance between natural resource conservation and responsible economic development.
Facilitate the conservation of water, soil and related natural resources through education, technical assistance and implementation of sound land-use practices, in the most cost-effective manner for the benefit of current and future generations.
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