Natural Resources Assessment


We need your help!

Maine Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), in cooperation with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), are conducting a Natural Resources Assessment (NRA) across the state and need the help of Maine’s citizens! The goal is to determine natural resource priorities so that Districts and NRCS can assist landowners, professionals, and municipalities with best management practices to protect and improve land and water resources.

We need you to help us by completing a 15-minute survey about statewide and local resource concerns and/or by attending a local meeting. Find the survey at or contact your local conservation district for a paper copy at The survey and meetings will document your natural resource conservation concerns and build on the data collected in the first assessment, completed in 2011. Priorities articulated  will inform state and local natural resource programs and funding opportunities in the coming five year cycle.

According to Dale Finseth, Executive Director of Kennebec SWCD, “The Natural Resources Assessment is a great opportunity for people who may or may not own land, and may or may not be associated with a conservation organization to express their conservation priorities. The results of this process stand to have a broad reach, starting with your local conservation district on up to the state level. The Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, DEP, and state legislators are already anxious to see the survey results.”

Please help us assess Maine’s natural resources and inform natural resource programs and funding  by completing a survey at To receive a paper copy of the survey, find your local conservation district here:

To encourage participation, some conservation districts are offering prizes by entering everyone who completes a survey (or attends a meeting) into a drawing. Districts encourage farmers, woodland owners, resource professionals, and members of the general public to take advantage of this opportunity to make your voice heard.

Preliminary survey results will be available at the county meetings in March. Complete results will be published on this page in May.

Local Meetings
Conservation districts will schedule local meetings throughout the month of March 2016.  Join your friends and neighbors for a free-wheeling discussion and/or complete a survey.

To find when your local meeting will be held, check this page or contact your local district at

Androscoggin Valley (Androscoggin/Sagadahoc)
Thu, Mar 17, 2016. 10am-noon at Lewiston USDA Service Center, 254 Goddard Rd
FMI & to register: 753-9400 x400 or

Aroostook County:
–Central Aroostook SWCD
Wed, Mar 9, 2016. 4pm at Presque Isle USDA Field Office, 735 Main St. Ste 3
FMI & to register: 764-4153 x130 or

–Southern Aroostook SWCD
Thu, Feb 25, 2016. 6-8pm at Houlton High School, Rm 34
FMI & to register:
532-2087 x3 or

–St. John Valley SWCD  – to be determined

Cumberland County
Wed, Mar 30, 2016. 6-8pm at Westbrook Housing Authority
FMI & to register: 892-4700 or

Franklin County
Tue, Mar 22, 2016. 6-8 p.m. at UMF North Dining Hall B
FMI & to register: 778-4279 or

Hancock County
Wed, Apr 13, 2016. 5:30 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium, 1 City Hall.
FMI & to register: 667-8663 or

Kennebec County  Tues April 25, 2016 2:00 pm, at USDA Field Office, Augusta.

Knox County – Drawing for $50 cash prize for Knox or Lincoln county residents or landowners who complete a survey or attend a meeting
Tue, Mar 22, 2016. 6:00 pm at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.
FMI & to register:
596-2040 or

Lincoln County – Drawing for $50 cash prize for Knox or Lincoln county residents or landowners who complete a survey or attend a meeting
Tue, Mar 29, 2016. 6:00 pm at Damariscotta Town Office, 21 School St.
FMI & to register: 596-2040 or

Oxford County  Wed, Apr 27, 2016, South Paris, details to be determined

Piscataquis County  Thurs Mar 31, 2:00 pm at Abbot Town Office.

Somerset County  Thurs Mar 31, 2016, 6:00 pm at Extension Office, Skowhegan.

Washington County
Wed, Apr 13, 2016. 6-8 p.m. Whitneyville Community Center
FMI & to register: 255-4659, 255-3995 x3, or

York County  –  to be determined

Additional county meetings will be added as they are scheduled.

USDA-NRCS and Maine Association of Conservation Districts are equal opportunity providers and employers.