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
Pond Construction and Maintenance Workshop
Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 6-8 pm
Union Town Office
576 Common Road, Union, ME 04862
Fee: $15 to cover cost of provided materials
FMI and to register: Pond Workshop
Invasive Plant Management
Monday, July 20, 2015 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Belfast Free Library, 106 High St and Stover Preserve
Fee: $10.00; registration required
Presenters: Nancy Olmstead, Maine Natural Areas Program
Helen Burlingame, Coastal Mountains Land Trust
Co-sponsored by Knox-Lincoln and Waldo Soil & Water Conservation Districts and Maine Dept of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
Join Nancy Olmstead to learn about invasive plant management strategies including how to map, ID, prioritize, and control selected species. Following the indoor presentation, participants will carpool to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust Stover Preserve where Helen Burlingame will lead a tour of an ongoing shrubby honeysuckle management project.
Summer Ecology Camps for ages 4-6 & 7-9
Eco-Explorers (ages 7-9) Jul 20-24
Little Sprouts (ages 4-6) Aug 10-14
Knox-Lincoln SWCD and Merryspring are offering two Summer Ecology Camp sessions for pre-school and elementary campers. Both sessions will be held at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.
FMI & to register: Go to Summer Ecology Camps or call Rebecca at 596-2040 or Brett at 236-2239.
Thanks for a great Spring Plant Sale!
Visit Spring Plant Sale to sign up for the 2016 Plant Sale mailing list!
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.