Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
Providing assistance in the conservation of land and water resources for our community through proactive efforts, actions, & education
Conservation Farm Tour of Lincoln County
Sat, September 10
Join us for a fun-filled - and educational day - as we visit Lincoln County farms:
Hamilton Farm & Barred Owl Creamery
Beau Chemin Preservation Farm...and more
FMI & registration: Conservation Farm Tour
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.