We are very excited to announce the debut of our compost project along with our compost study. On Friday July 16th from 9 am to 3pm we will be hosting an all-day event at Staples’ Farms in Parkhurst Siding. Signs will be posted along the East Presque Isle Road and on the Johnson Road where the event will be held. We will be showcasing our vegetable compost trial and will discuss the use of different pesticides on rotational crops. 1 pesticide credit has been applied for. There is no fee for this event, however, registration is required. Lunch will be provided thanks to a grant from Maine DEP Waste Diversion Program. NRCS, Catholic Charities Maine, The Good Shephard Food Bank, Maine DEP, Maine IF&W, and The Xerces Society will be present to answer questions and make presentations.
This is one event you won’t want to miss!
Contact Randy Martin, Executive Director
Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District
Maine Natural Resources Conservation Service held a virtual State Technical Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, from 8:30 to 11:30 am. As described on the Maine Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) webpage, the State Technicial Committee advises NRCS and other U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies, “… on the implementation of the natural resources conservation provisions of Farm Bill legislation. Committees are intended to include members from a wide variety of natural resource and agricultural interests. Chaired by the NRCS State Conservationist in each State, these Committees are composed of representatives from Federal and State natural resource agencies, American Indian Tribes, agricultural and environmental organizations, and agricultural producers.”
Many of Maine’s bird species are currently facing stresses causing populations to decline. Migratory birds are facing habitat loss in their winter locations as well as along migratory routes. The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) is hosting the Maine Audubon Society and the Maine Forest Service to provide the Forestry for Maine Birds Workshop on June 19th, 2021 from 9AM-12PM. At this workshop, participants will learn how to provide suitable woodlands and habitat for birds to rest, nest and raise their young. This workshop is free, but registration is required. There is also a cap for the number of people that can attend. Forestry for Maine Birds will be held at Wicopy Woods in Sebec.
This workshop is for landowners, foresters, loggers, birders, and anyone who is interested in learning how to manage and enhance their property to benefit birds and other wildlife. We will learn about the different habitat needs for wildlife, how to improve the woodlot to make it more desirable for them and how to incorporate these principles into a forest management plan that can enhance the value of woodlands for years to come. For more information and to register for this workshop, please contact Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District at 207-564-2321 ext.3, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.piscataquisswcd.org .