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, email@example.com, www.piscataquisswcd.org .
Maine’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts have leadership opportunities!
Maine’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are non-regulatory subdivisions of State Government, governed by locally-elected volunteer Boards of Supervisors. There are sixteen SWCDs in Maine which generally correspond to county boundaries (see the map at the State of Maine website) . SWCDs establish priorities for conservation efforts with emphasis is on issues that are identified locally, as well as state-wide.
The volunteer board, which is responsible for guiding the District’s business affairs and operations, comprises three elected and two appointed supervisors, who each serve overlapping three-year terms. In addition, the SWCD Board welcomes Associate Supervisors, members appointed by the Board, who may have an interest in the general activities of the District or a specific area of interest or expertise to share.
Supervisors are local residents with careers or interest in farming, forestry, wildlife, urban ecology, conservation enthusiasts and supporters with an interest in aiding their communities.
Anyone interested in 1) running for the office of supervisor, or 2) voting in the election must be a registered voter within the boundaries of the local service area. Candidates need have only an interest in conservation and a willingness, at a minimum, to participate in a monthly board meeting at the District office. To run for an elected position, a candidate must submit a nomination paper signed by 25 county residents.
Across the State, students are preparing for the virtual natural resources competition.
Envirothon – Educating today’s youth to become tomorrow’s environmental leaders.
Maine Association of Conservation Districts is delighted to host Envirothon 2021. This natural resource competition for high school aged students will be held virtually over a four day period from May 18-21, 2021.
Thanks to funding from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund , a series of four presentations – each representing one of the Envirothon ‘stations’, provided information to students and advisors to prepare for the event. These presentations were recorded and the videos are available to all.
Congratulations to Ranger Kent Nelson, Maine Forest Service, one of two people to earn this national recognition in 2021, according to the DACF. This is the first time since the 1990s that a Mainer has won the award.
For twenty years, Ranger Nelson has worked in the Maine Forest Service as Maine’s wildfire prevention specialist. Administrator for Maine’s wildfire prevention and FireWise programs, he also works to raise public awareness on these issues.
Click HERE for more about Ranger Nelson’s achievement, and the Smokey Bear Award.
Protecting Maine Forests from Invasive Forest Pests
Maine’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts will host two informational webinars in May. Both webinars are free to attend and have continuing education credits. For more information and to register visit Cumberland County SWCD .
May 4, 2021
Maine already has several invasive forest pests targeting our trees and spreading throughout the state. There are additional invasive forest pests in neighboring states that we don’t want moving to Maine.
Join our discussion with local experts on Tuesday, May 4th from 3:00-4:30 PM to learn more about protecting our forests from these invaders. The Maine Board of Pesticide Control has approved this webinar for 1 credit. The Society of American Foresters has approved this webinar for 1.5 Category 1 credits.
May 18, 2021
The spotted lanternfly is a new invasive species that is spreading like wildfire along the eastern U.S. The number of trees and crops it feeds on has reached triple digits with devastating losses reported from grape growers. Initial research is showing that spotted lanternfly may not survive well in most of Maine but could be successful in southern areas, especially where its preferred host, the invasive tree of heaven, grows. Learn how to spot the spotted lanternfly and tree of heaven to help detect and report sightings in Maine.
Join our discussion with Maine Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation staff on Tuesday, May 18th from 3:00-4:00 PM to learn more about protecting our forests and crops from these invaders.
The Society of American Foresters has approved this webinar for one Category 1 credit.
Customers who pre-order brook trout must have a current, signed permit from the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife department. A copy of this permit must be submitted along with your order and brought with you for pick up of the trout, as this permit is both your stocking and transporting permit. The person on the permit must be the person picking up the trout. If you need to have someone else pick up the trout, they must be added by IF&W to your permit. If you do not have a permit you can download the application from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website at www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/forms_applications.htm.
Southern Aroostook SWCD’s eagerly anticipated and popular Ag School 2021 classes are online and in-person this year. All classes require pre-registration. Please be respectful of others and follow mask guidelines as needed.
Topics covered for the Winter & Spring Ag School this year will be: Beekeeping, Small Woodlot Owners Walk & Talk, Updates on Soil Health, Intro to Permaculture, Raised Bed Gardening, Vernal Pools, and Beginning Women’s Chainsaw Safety. In some instances, credits will be available.
For updates, details, and contact/registration information, visit the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District website:
2021 Winter & Spring Ag School is presented by SASWCD with assistance from Maine Forest Service and Workshop Speakers. Funding for Soil Health Class made possible through US-EPA under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
Looking for the REAL MAINE ? Experience local food, recipes, activities, shopping, and more by visiting the Real Maine website. Maine made items from maple syrup to lavender sachets are featured, as are farmer’s markets and CSAs – Community Supported Agriculture. Check out the REAL MAINE website when you’re planning that next in-state road trip and discover new-to-you destinations that will take you off the beaten path.