Time in Knox County:

2019 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.

Oct 2 & 16 - Environmental Book Club. 1pm. Bremen Library

Oct 3 & 10 - Environmental Book Club. 1pm. Appleton Library

Oct 24 - Nutrient Management for High Tunnels. 5pm. Sheepscot General, Whitefield

Oct 30 - Basic Erosion & Sedimentation Control. 8am. Union Town Office

Nov 6 - Annual Awards Banquet. 5pm. Jewell Lodge, Jefferson

Nov 9 - Growing Native Plants from Seed. 9:30am. Aldermere Farm, Rockport

Nov 13 - Invasive Forest Pests. Noon. Bremen Library

Nov 14 - Invasive Forest Pests. Noon. Hope Library

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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

    Join us for our Annual Awards Banquet on Nov 6 at Camp Wavus in Jefferson!

    Appetizers & socializing, dinner, pie, and awards:

    --Conservation Farm of 2019: Bluefields Farm, Tony & Marianne Marple
    --Distinguished Professional Service: Dave Rocque, State Soil Scientist 
    --Excellence in Forestry Practices: CTL Land Management, Gavin McLain & Kyle Overlock 
    --Volunteer of the Year: Kristi Niedermann

    FMI and to register: Awards Banquet

    Now for Sale on our website & at the office!

    We are now offering these two great books for sale on our website and at the office: 

    --Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide
    --Forest Trees of Maine

    For more information about these resources visit our new SHOP!

    Environmental Book Club - Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

    Oct 2 & 16 at 1pm: Bremen Library

    Oct 3 & 10 at 1pm: Appleton Library

    FMI: Book Club, 596-2040, or julie@knox-lincoln.org 

     

    Nutrient Management in High Tunnels - October 24 at 5pm

    Sheepscot General Farm & Store, 98 Townhouse Rd, Whitefield
    Bruce Hoskins, UMaine Soil Testing Program Coordinator, discusses high tunnel soil testing and how the lab addresses the specialized management concerns of this unique growing environment.

    FMI: Farmer & Gardener Workshops 

    Growing Native Plants from Seed w/Wild Seed Project - Nov 9 from 9:30-11am

    Aldermere Farm Barn, 20  Russell AVe, Rockport 

    Cost: $25 Wild Seed members
             $30 non-members

    Join Heather McCargo, founder and director of the Wild Seed Project (www.wildseedproject.net), to learn how to produce a lot of plants inexpensively while protecting the genetic diversity of Maine native plants by growing native plants from seed.

    FMI & Register: Farmer & Gardener Workshops

    Basic Erosion & Sedimentation Control for Contractors

    Oct 30 from 8am-4pm
    Union Town Office, 567 Common Rd, Union

    This program is required to become certified by the DEP for excavation in the shoreland zone.

    FMI and to register: Contractor Certification

    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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    Students will learn about plants and why they are so important. A focus on careers involving plants in our state will increase students' awareness of opportunities available. In the wrap-up students are encouraged to plant something themselves. Funding is pending for classroom planting kits to accompany the books during the 2020 Read ME Agriculture program. Classrooms should sign-up early if they are interested in the kit because supply may be limited.