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
Union Fair - Sat Aug 16 to Sat Aug 23
Look for the Knox-Lincoln SWCD booth in the Exhibition Hall (near the racetrack)
- Pick up soil test kits, info on invasive species, conservation landscaping, and soil health
- See our "Protecting Water Quality" experiment
- Put a dot on the watershed map to show where you live
- Join our mailing list for plant sale/trout stocking sale /compost bin sale updates, education programs & news
- Buy a raffle ticket to win a Valley Oaks Broadfork, Tub-Trug Garden Kit, or 2015 Plant Sale Gift Certificate
- Find additional info from our partners and booth-mates: Knox-Lincoln Farm Bureau and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
- Wed, Aug 20, 3 pm: Hildy Ellis will give a talk on invasive plants in the Exhibition Hall
Maine Farm Days - Aug 20-21
Misty Meadows Farm
71 McKenney Rd, Clinton (map)
An ag trade show on a working farm
- Contests, kids' events, horse twitching, sheep herding demos
- Pesticide credit & nutrient mgt workshops (schedule)
FMI: Brochure and insert
Symphony of the Soil - Free Screening!
Fri, Aug 22 at 7pm
Camden Opera House
Presented by Camden Conference and Maine Farmland Trust
Tree Farm Field Day and Live Edge Music Festival - Free!
HVNC is the 2014 Maine and NE Region Tree Farm of the Year - join us in celebrating with them! On Sep 6 HVNC (in conjunction with the Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM), the American Tree Farm System, and the Maine Forest Service) will host a Field Days event from 8:30 – 2 pm to showcase the wide range of initiatives and practices they have to offer. Event includes workshops, guided woodland tours, games, speakers, exhibits, and lunch. Hildy Ellis will be leading bog tours at 9am, 10:30, and 1:15. And that's not all - the Live Edge Music Festival begins at 2pm and runs till 6:30. A full day of fun in the woods!
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...
Woods Wise Wire has new format!
Woods Wise Wire - same great content, great new look! The Maine Forest Service newsletter is now published by govdelivery.com (like MailChimp for the government) and is so much more reader-friendly. Check out the Jul 1 issue HERE, then get your very own subscription HERE.
Application deadline for 2015 funding in NRCS AMA program: Aug 15, 2014
Maine NRCS is again offering financial assistance for irrigation systems and introducing an opportunity for funding for deer fencing in orchards with 40+ fruit trees. Read more...
USDA FSA Announces Online Hay & Grazing Acres Locator Tool
Conservation Mowing for Grassland Bird Habitat
by Laura Suomi-Lecker, Somerset SWCD
Loss of grassland habitat - wheter 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.
National 2013 Conservation Poster Contest Winners announced!
Two Knox county students, Elizabeth Flanagan and Liam Callanan, received recognition at the national level for their 2013 posters, "Where does your water shed?"
Visit the K-6 Poster Contest page to see their posters, as well as local winners for 2014.
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...
2014 Envirothon Winners - Congratulations!
Congratulations to all winning teams!
Midcoast Envirothon winners (May 16, Camp Cobbosee-Winthrop):
1st place: Mt.Ararat High School
2nd place: Spruce Mtn. Team 1
3rd place: Brunswick H.S
State Envirothon winners (May 30, Viles Arboretum-Augusta):
1st place: Mt.Ararat High School
2nd place: Spruce Mtn. Team 1
3rd place: Dirigo High School
April was USDA Invasive Pest & Disease Awareness Month
Check out this video
New USDA Webpage for Smaller Farms
Year of the Salamander
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.
The sessions are currently archived at http://umaine.edu/piscataquis/so-you-want-to-farm-in-maine-2/.