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
District office will be closed for holidays:
Thanksgiving: Nov 25 (noon) through Nov 27
Christmas/New Year: Dec 24 (noon) through Jan 1
Beginning Farmer Workshop Series 2016
Knox-Lincoln SWCD has received a grant from Maine NRCS to sponsor a series of workshops for New and Beginning Farmers. Although anyone may attend, the workshops are intended for those who have been farming for upto ten years.Courses will be held in central locations in Knox and Lincoln counties and will cover a variety of resource-based practices, such as:
- Maintaining Soil Health - Cover Crops, Tillage, Fertilizers
- Nutrient Management in High Tunnels, Animal Waste
- Pasture Management - Rotational Grazing, Weed Control, Restoring Hay Fields
- IPM, Agricultural Basic Applicators License, Organic Certification
- Pollinator Protection
- woodlands: Your Perennial Crop
- Invasive Plant Management
State and regional experts - including farmers - will be on hand to lead the way. Information will be available at every session on USDA Farm Bill cost share programs that can help get these practices on your ground.
We are in the process of developing these workshops and would appreciate your input on topics and timing of programs. If you would be interested in attending, please contact Hildy at 596-2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post information on our website as we develop this program: Beginning Farmer Workshops 2016
Invasive Forest Pests Project
This project of DACF, spearheaded by Karen Coluzzi and funded by the Farm Bill, has been on the ground since 2009. Until this fall, Lorraine Taft was outreach coordinator, bringing information about emerald ash borer (EAB), Asian long-horned beetle (ALB), hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and other forest pests to the people of Maine. Lorraine is departing for warmer climes and DACF has awarded the Maine Association of Conservation Districts a one-year contract to take over the mission in 12 target counties: York, Cumberland, Oxford, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Franklin, Somerset, Kennebec, Lincoln, Knox, Waldo and Hancock. (Saco River Recreation Council will conduct outreach in the Fryeburg area.
Beginning in winter 2016, we will be conducting workshops, walk & talks, displays at local fairs, and distributing information to state parks and campgrounds on identifying these pests, the threats they pose, and how to minimize their spread in Maine.
**If you would like a workshop in your community, please contact Hildy at 596-2020 or email@example.com.
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?
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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.