Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
Providing assistance in the conservation of land and water resources for our community through proactive efforts, actions, & education
New Guide Helps Organic Producers Apply for USDA Buffer Initiative
Spring Plant Sale at Union Fairgrounds - Thank you!
A great big thank you to all the volunteers, staff, board, vendors & PLANT BUYERS who made this education program fundraiser such a great success. The numbers are not all in, but this may be our best sale ever!
Backyard Conservation Sale - Pick-up June 6-9 at District Office
-Pre-order for composters, aerators, scrap pails & thermometers still open
-Cash & Carry composters, aerators, scrap pails and thermometers will available while supplies last.
Pick-up for pre-ordered items is June 6-9. We will have a limited number of compost bins, kitchen pails, aerators and thermometers available for cash-&-carry purchases at that time and throughout the year.
- Find more details about the items: Backyard Sale web page
Summer Ecology Camps: 2016 Schedule is Here!
Knox-Lincoln SWCD is once again offering two sessions of suumer camp with Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. The two one-week sessions are:
EcoExplorers from Jun 27-Jul 1 (ages 7-9)
Little Sprouts from Jul 11-15 (ages 4-6)
Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG): Invasive Plant Problems
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:
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
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.
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.