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Office Hours
8:30-4:30 weekdays*

*Please call ahead to make sure we are in! Although we make every attempt to have the office open during these hours, at times we are both out of the office for education programs or technical assistance.

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

info@knox-lincoln.org

Upcoming Events

Click on links below for more information about these programs:

Feb 16: Maine Tree Growth Tax Program. 6:30pm. Rockland City Hall. This program is on for today!!!

Feb 27: Erosion and Sedimentation Control Workshop. 8am. Knox-Lincoln Coop Ext office. Rescheduled due to weather!

Mar 2: Basic Septic System Installers Workshop. 8am. Union Town Office

Mar 7: Flatbread Company Fundraiser! 4:30-9pm. Rockport

Mar 14: Pond Construction & Maintenance. 6:30pm. Camden Public Library

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    Welcome to

    Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

     

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

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    Current News 
    updated 02/16/17

    Office hours for Thu, Feb 16 and Fri, Feb 17: 

    Thursday Feb 16 from noon to 5pm
    Friday, Feb 17 from 8:30am to 12:30pm

     

    Today's Tree Growth Tax Program is ON!

    Thursday, Feb 16 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
    Rockland City Hall, 270 Pleasant St
    FMI: 596-2040 or hildy@knox-lincoln.org between noon & 5pm

    Save the Date - Flatbread Fundraiser on Mar 7!

    Be sure to join us on March 7 from 4:30 to 9:00pm at Flatbread Company on Rt 1 in Rockport.
    We are celebrating 70 years of conservation in Knox & Lincoln counties this year and are kicking it off with this great event.

    Come by to see the winning K-6 conservation posters, particpate in great raffle drawings, and know that a percentage of all pizza orders goes to support our K-12 education programs.
    Click here for more info - and mark your calendar now!

    Upcoming Programs - and lots of them!

    We have a lot going on in the next couple of months - and beyond.

    Rescheduled due to weather
    Feb 27
    - Basic & Advanced Erosion & Sedimentation Control (for Contractor Certification), Waldoboro
    Feb 16 - Tree Growth Tax Program, Rockland
    Mar 2 - Basic Septic Installers Workshop, Union
    Mar 14 - Pond Construction & Maintenance, Camden

    FMI: 596-2040 or info@knox-lincoln.org 

    Trout Stocking Sale - Order now!

    Trout Pick-up: Sunday May 7 at noon; Union Fairgrounds
        Rainbow and Brook Trout in two sizes
        Floating Fish food in 44# bags
        Clear Pond Live Bacterial Liquid to remove excess nutrients (1 gal)

    FMI: 2017 Trout Stocking Sale

    SWOAM is now Maine Woodland Owners!

    Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine is now Maine Woodland Owners with a great new logo - and the same great newsletterTerrific article on songbird feeding in the February issue:  A Delicate Dance

    USDA Funds for Drought Relief

    NRCS has just made available $500,000 in statewide EQIP funds to assist with drought mitigation. Sign up is Jan 1 to Mar 17, 2017.

    Read more here: NRCS Drought Mitigation

    See our November Newsletter

    Not on our email list? Sign up here: District News

    Our Bokashi Composting workshop was a great success!

    Click here for instructions on how to make your own: BOKASHI

    And read the Bangor Daily article about bokashi and our workshop on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/knoxlincolnsoilandwater

    Read ME Ag, March 2017: What is in the Garden?

    Maine Ag in the Classroom has announced the new book for 2017: What is in the Garden, written by award winning children's author Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Chris Arbo.

    To register your K-4 class for a reading session, or for information on being a volunteer reader: READ ME AG

    New Guide Helps Organic Producers Apply for USDA Buffer Initiative

    The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has published an "Organic Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Reserve Program Field Border Buffer Initiative" to help organic farmers interested in accessing USDA's new Organic Buffer Initiative administered under FSA. The guide includes eligibility and application information, program basics, detailed descriptions of key conservation practices and associated payments, two producer profiles and resources for additional information.

    (from MOFGA Bulletin Board)

    Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG): Invasive Plant Problems

    shrubby honeysuckle Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP) was awarded a three-year CIG grant (Sep 2015- Sep 2018) by Maine Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS): Using iMapInvasives Technology to Help Maine Producers Address Invasive Plant Problems.

    Knox-Lincoln and Kennebec SWCDs will be working with MNAP to train SWCD staff and local producers to identify, map, and manage invasive plant species on their farms. To be eligible for the project producers must farm in Knox, Lincoln, or Kennebec counties and be eligible for EQIP funding under NRCS.

    **If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact:

    Knox-Lincoln: Hildy or Rebecca at 596-2040 or info@knox-lincoln.org
    Kennebec: Dale at 622-7847 x3 or dfinseth@kcswcd.org

    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.

    Read more...

    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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