Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
Providing assistance in the conservation of land and water resources for our community through proactive efforts, actions, & education
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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)
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 newsletter. Terrific 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
- Drought Relief Links for Producers and Eligible Homeowners
- USDA AMA deadline extended to Nov 18, 2016
- Lowbush blueberry crop insurance deadline: Nov 21, 2016
- Still time to register for our Awards Banquet on Nov 2!
- Save the dates for Local Working Group meetings - Nov 29 and Dec 1
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
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.