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
Maine Forest Service Seeks Help Locating Invasive Winter Moths
If you see moth flights this time of year in Maine, the Maine Forest Service would like to know how many, what size, when and where through a simple online survey at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/wintermothsurvey. Moth flights can also be reported at 207-287-2431. Public assistance is sought to help combat the destructive winter moth (Operophthera brumata) by better understanding the locations and sizes of the populations in Maine. The moth flies when it is dark, and this time of year many of us are still out after dark, or we may notice small tan moths at windows trying to get to indoor lights. Adults are active from late November to January whenever the temperature is above freezing. The larvae (caterpillars) of winter moth defoliate deciduous trees and shrubs such as oaks, maples, apples and blueberries in early spring. More information.
Great Garden Raffle - and the winners are!
Valley Oaks Broad Fork (donated by FEDCO) - Andrea Hawks, Camden
Johnny' Seeds Tub Trug Kit - Carrie Roberts, Appleton
Knox-Lincoln Plant Sale Gift Certificate - Michele Bartrug, Nobleboro
Thanks to all who purchased tickets and made this a great fundraiser!
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.
American Tree Farm System: Family Forest Owner Webinar Series
The fall webinar series is over, but check the website for archives and upcoming webinars: https://www.treefarmsystem.org/atfswebinars
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 - 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
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/.