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Ed Clem has been assisting Becker County landowners with their conservation planning since March, 1994. A graduate of Moorhead State University, he has also worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Minnesota Conservation Corps. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Clem is a stalwart with the Becker Soil & Water District

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Clem is a stalwart with the Becker Soil & Water District
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Some know him as “Ed 1” others as “The Tree Man,” “The Wetland Guy,” “Little Ed,” “The Other Ed” or simply as “Clem.”


Regardless of the name, hundreds of landowners across Becker County know him as the face of conservation.

With two decades under his belt, Ed Clem’s is a seasoned veteran with the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District. 

Since 1994, Clem has been assisting landowners in Becker County with conservation planning ranging from tree selection and planting, wetland delineation and mitigation, and a myriad of erosion control practices.

Clem received his degree in biology from Moorhead State University in 1991, and worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Minnesota Conservation Corps before joining the Becker SWCD as a district technician in March of 1994.

An avid hunter, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast, Clem strives daily to restore, preserve and enhance the quality of our natural resources and ensure their existence for future generations.

In his time with the district Clem has played an integral role in the planting of over 500,000 trees, countless erosion control projects, hours upon hours of education and outreach, and most recently, assisting the SWCD’s new administrator in keeping district operations afloat amidst a string of retirements.

Always able to handle difficult situations with confidence and control, Clem continues to be an asset to the people and resources of Becker County.