Time in Knox County:

2019 Summer Office Hours
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30pm (mostly)
Wed: 9:00am - 2:30pm

* We try hard to be in the office between 8:30am and 4:30pm on Mon, Tue, Thu, & Fri, but please call ahead to be sure!

207-596-2040
893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856

info@knox-lincoln.org

Upcoming Events

Click on links or call 596-2040 for more information about these programs or see Upcoming Events for complete events listing.

Jul 15-19 - Little Sprouts Ecology Camp (Ages 4-6).Merryspring Nature Center

Jul 25 - Shoreline Buffers for Water Quality. 7pm. Gibbs Library. FMI: 845-2661

Jul 27 - Invasive Forest Pests. 10am-noon. Merryspring Nature Center

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    Welcome to

    Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

     

    Providing assistance in the conservation of land & water resources for our community through proactive efforts, actions, & education since 1947 

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    Latest News

    Free: Shoreline Buffers for Water Quality - Jul 25

     

    Thu, Jul 25 at 7pm 
    Gibbs Library
    Old Union Rd, Washington, ME

    Hildy Ellis will give a presentation on the importance of vegetated buffers in improving and maintaining lake water quality at the annual meeting of the Washington Lakes Association.

    Public is invited!
    FMI:
    Charlotte Henderson at 845-2661

    Free: Invasive Forest Pest Presentation and Tree ID Walk - Jul 27

    Sat, Jul 27 from 10am - noon
    Merryspring Nature Center
    Conway Rd, Camden

    Learn how to recognize invasive forest pests like emerald ash borer, browntail moth and hemlock woolly adelgid and the trees they damage, as well as what you can do about them.

    FMI and to RSVP: 596-2040, julie@knox-lincoln.org, Invasive Forest Pests

    Landowners encouraged to apply for new NRCS-Maine pollinator initiative for bumblebee conservation!

    Apply at your local NRCS office by Aug 16!

    Applications are prioritized based on: location (e.g., Waldo County contains the last known location of the rusty patched bumble bee and so receives funding priority); benefit to agriculture (growers who depend on pollinators for crop production receive prioritization); and the anticipated benefit of the conservation action.

    • Belfast Field Office (Knox/Waldo counties) 
      338-1964 Ron Desrosiers, District Conservationist
      46 Little River Drive, Belfast
    • Augusta Field Office (Lincoln/Kennebec counties)
      622-7847 Peter Abello, District Conservationist
      21 Enterprise Drive, Augusta

    Emerald ash borer is in Maine!

    EAB was found in Madawaska on May 22, 2018 and in York County in the summer of 2018.

    Find links to several good publications for landowners, foresters and loggers as well as links to the Maine DACF website for more information at Invasive Forest Pests.

    Please contact us at 596-2040 or hildy@knox-lincoln.org if you have any questions.

    And remember: Don't Move Firewood!

    What is your soil IQ?

    Click on the image to take the NRCS Soil Smarts Quiz and see how much you know...

    Maine Bat Education

    Image result for bat drawingNew tools for teachers on teaching students about bats on our K-12 Resources page. To find out about EduBat Activities or how to borrow the Bat Trunk for your class, click here: K-12 Resources

    Conservation Mowing for Grassland Bird Habitat
    by Laura Suomi-Lecker, Somerset SWCD

    Loss of grassland habitat - whether to development, abandonment or conversion to hayfields - is thought ot be a major factor in the steep population declines of grassland birds such as bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, and Savannah sparrows. Conservation mowing practices may preserve nesting sites and reduce grassland bird mortality

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    Invasive Plant Alert: Hardy Kiwi

    Mass Audubon issued this alert in 2011. At that time, the infestation of hardy kiwi in the photo at left covered ~3 acres in Western MA with an intertwining mat more than 4 ft deep. The ground under the mat was littered with dead trees that succumbed to the vines’ weight. Seeds are dispersed by raccoons (possibly turkeys & grouse) and can establish in closed canopy woodlands. This plant has been on my "don't plant" list for years based on some scary plantings I've seen right here in Maine. Spread the word.

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