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
Thanks for a great Spring Plant Sale!
Visit Spring Plant Sale to sign up for the 2016 Plant Sale mailing list!
Compost Bin & Rain Barrel pick up scheduled for May 26-28
Extra composters available!
We have some extra composters available!
Call Hildy for details at 596-2040.
50/50 Raffle to Support Maine Envirothon
Support the Maine Association of Conservation Districts' high school environmental competition!
50/50 Raffle Tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20.
Drawing will be held at the State competition on May 29, 2015. Winners need not be present.
To get your winning ticket, call 596-2040 or email email@example.com.
FMI: Maine Envirothon
Conservation Poster Contest winners at The First
Winning posters in the Grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-6 of the National Conservation Poster Contest, Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators, are on display at The First in Rockland through the month of April.
For a slideshow of all the winning posters and a complete list of contest winners, visit our Poster Contest web page.
Funding for New Maine Farmers
Cultivating Community, based in Portland, has received $750 from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program to provide land-based training for Maine farmers. The grant will also be used to expand beginning farmer services of other agencies.
Read more here: $750m for new farmers in Maine
NPR Story on Cover Crops
Great segment on Morning Edition this week about using cover crops to reduce nitrate run-off.
Maine Forest Service News
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Soil Health Video: Avoiding the "Action of Compaction"
Season 2 of The Science of Soil Health! Watch video HERE .
Emerald Ash Borer on "The World"
Interesting show on The World on Oct 21 about EAB and a predatory wasp being used as a biological control.
Click HERE to listen.
KLSWCD at Common Ground Country Fair
We had lots of visitors at the Knox-Lincoln/Waldo SWCD booth on invasive plants. Check out the fact sheets and get in touch with us to find out how to manage the invasives at your place!
Land for Maine's Future: $9.1m for voter-approved bonds
At it's July 15, 2014 meeting the Land for Maine’s Future Board allocated $9.1M of the Land for Maine’s Future bonds approved by voters. Projects include: working forests & farmland, salmon habitat, deer wintering areas, rugged mountains, coastal islands, urban trail connections, working commercial waterfronts, sand beaches, rock climbing areas, wildlife habitat, and many other conservation and recreation assets.
Four projects in Knox & Lincoln counties were approved: Crow Island, Bristol; Gardiner Pond, Wiscasset; High Island, St George; Lower Weskeag Fields & Forests, So. Thomaston.
Read more: LMF; Conservation News
Maine Ag is up in more ways than one!
From the 2012 Census of Agriculture: Our state’s agriculture and farm-related demographics are growing and diversifying each year. Both the number of farms and land in farms in Maine increased since the last Census of Agriculture in 2007. In fact, we have the most farms of the New England states, and the land in farms is up eight percent from 2007. Read more...
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.
USDA announces support for beginning farmers
USDA has unveiled www.usda.gov/newfarmers, a one-stop shop for new and beginning farmers entering agriculture. It’s a practical, workable tool that will help farmers and ranchers of tomorrow tap into the range of USDA resources today. Read more...
Plant pesticides harm bees
Portland Press Herald recently published an article on neonicotinoids and their effects on pollinators. Read more...
New USDA Webpage for Smaller Farms
Invasive Plant Alert: Hardy Kiwi
Mass Audubon issued this alert in 2011. At that time, the infestation of hardy kiwi in this 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 trees that succumbed to the vines’ weight. Seeds are dispersed by raccoons & other mammals (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 populations I've seen right here in Maine. Spread the word.
Read more: Hardy Kiwi Alert
Woodland Steward Program
The Woodland Steward Program is an online curriculum developed to help landowners learn more about their woodlot and options for its long-term stewardship. Because it is web-based, you may take the course at your leisure, at times and paces convenient to you. This program is a collaborative effort of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, Maine TREE Foundation and New England Forestry Foundation.
FMI and to register: Woodland Steward Program
So You Want to Farm in Maine? Webinar Series
This free webinar series was offered by Piscataquis County Cooperative Extension in Spring 2013. It's purpose is to equip people with the business knowledge and skills to start, adapt, and maintain a profitable land-based business. It is designed for people who want to start a profitable farm or expand their farm hobby to a profitable business.
Here are links to the archived sessions:
- Week One: Assessing Your Resources with Rick Kersbergen: http://meet.maine.edu/p5hslpxrtsi/
- Week Two: Enterprise Budgets with Caragh Fitzgerald: http://meet.maine.edu/p4wiy3n8ow6/
- Week Three: Business Plans, Recordkeeping and Taxes with Donna Coffin: http://meet.maine.edu/p7s151scb24/
- Week Four: Reseaching Your Markets with Dr. Jim McConnon: http://meet.maine.edu/p6dcbr8yibf/
- Week Five: Production Info, Agencies & Regulations with Donna Coffin: http://meet.maine.edu/p3nib3vb9v4/
- Week Six: Financial and Insurance with Kathy Hopkins: http://meet.maine.edu/p47pojnuu83/
- Week Seven: Business and Estate Planning Attorney: Farm Entity, Managing Risk, Farm Transfer with Paul Dillon, Esq. http://meet.maine.edu/p725lba9t00/
- Week Eight: Equipment with Rick Kersbergen: http://meet.maine.edu/p5wok97klw1/