Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
Providing assistance in the conservation of land and water resources for our community through proactive efforts, actions, & education
Dec 8 - Public Meeting on Proposed Rule to Prohibit Invasive Plants
Maine (at long last) is proposing to prohibit the import, export, sale or propagation of plants considered invasive or potentially invasive in Maine by Dec 31, 2017. See the rule and species list here: Criteria for Listing Invasive Terrestrial Plants_DraftRule
Attend the public hearing on Dec 8, 2016 from 9:30 to 12:30
Marquardt Building, 32 Blossom Lane, Room 118, Augusta
Submit written comments by close of business Friday, December 16, 2016:
email@example.com or Division of Animal and Plant Health, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Please address questions to Gary Fish at 207-287-7545.
2016 Conservation District Supervisor Elections
Congratulations to Sharon Chadwick and Mark Hedrich, who were both re-elected to their current positions. Thanks for all you do, Sharon and Mark!
Local Working Group Meetings
Tue, Nov 29 from 1-3:30 pm
Union Town Office, 567 Common Road
Fri, Dec 2 from 1:30-3:30pm
Augusta USDA Service Center, 21 Enterprise Drive
FMI: 596-2040, firstname.lastname@example.org or Local Working Group
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 latest 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.