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Office Hours
8:30-4:30 weekdays*

*Please call ahead to make sure we are in! Although we make every attempt to have the office open during these hours, at times we are both out of the office for education programs or technical assistance.

207-596-2040
893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856

info@knox-lincoln.org

Upcoming Events

Click on links below or cal 596-2040 for more information about these programs:

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Jun 7: Invasive Plants & Pests Talk & Walk. 1pm. Deer Foot Farm, Union

Jun 14: Cover Crop Walk & Talk. 6pm. Dooryard Farm, Camden

Jun 19: Board Meeting. 6:30pm. District office. All welcome!

Jun 21: BioBlitz. Noon. Deer Foot Farm, Union

Jun 23: Fern ID & Ecology Walk. 10am. Merryspring in Camden

Jun 26-30: Eco-Explorers Ecology Camp (ages 7-9). Merryspring

Jun 30: Invasive Plants Talk & Walk. 9am. Boothbay Harbor.

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    Welcome to

    Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

     

    Providing assistance in the conservation of land & water resources
    for our community through proactive efforts, actions, & education
    since 1947 

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    Current News 

    Fern ID & Ecology - to be rescheduled

    Friday, June 23 from 10am to noon
    Merryspring Nature Center
    Conway Rd in Camden

    Fern identification is fun and relatively easy. Unlike flowering plants — with leaves, buds, and flowers to remember all at different times of the year — ferns look pretty much the same all season long, so there is just one set of characteristics to learn. Hildy Ellis will demonstrate how to identify ferns using the “Guide to Common Ferns of New England,” which she will provide to all participants. In addition to identification tips, the talk and walking tour will cover fascinating fern natural history, reproduction, and ecology. This is an outdoor program; please wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a hand lens or magnifying glass.

    To register: info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239

    Pasture Management - Jul 8 at Aldermere Farm in conjunction with Beef Basics 

    Sat, Jul 8 from 8:30-3:30
    20 Russell Ave
    Rockport, ME 04856
    Fee: $20; includes all workshops, morning snacks, & lunch
      

    Workshops include:

    • Pasture Renovation for Improved Forage
      Presenter: Rick Kersbergen (UMaine Cooperative Extension Sustainable Dairy and Forage Systems Specialist)

    • Pasture Measurements and Biomonitoring
      Presenter: Diane Schivera (MOFGA Organic Livestock Specialist)

    • BMPs for Manure Spreading: Keeping the N where it belongs
    • No-Till Drill Demo

    FMI: hildy@knox-lincoln.org or 596-2040 or Register Online

    Produce Safety Alliance FSMA Training for Maine Growers - Register today

    Fri, Jul 21 from 9am - 6pm
    Forest Products Council Building
    535 Civic Center Dr in Augusta

    $25 with lunch and snacks; $10 with snacks only

    Registration required by July 14.

    FMI: FSMA Training


    Knox-Lincoln SWCD is Hiring!

    Administrative Assistant – Immediate Opening

    Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, which assists residents in conserving land and water resources, is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant to maintain the office and support the District Coordinator and Education/Outreach Coordinator in their program work. We are looking for an efficient individual who is comfortable being a member of a team and reporting to a board of supervisors.

    The ideal candidate has strong software, communication, and internet research skills, and is organized, resourceful, and a good problem solver. Duties include event and program posting and/or registration; responding to the public in person, by phone, and email; word processing; creating spreadsheets; filing and other tasks as assigned. Proficiency in MS Office required; social media experience a plus.

    Office-based position is 20 hours per week, Tuesday-Friday at 893 West St (Rt 90), Rockport, ME. Hourly wage commensurate with experience.

    To apply, please send a cover letter expressing interest, a current résumé, and a list of three references to Mark Hedrich, Chair-Board of Supervisors, Agricola Farms, 2282 Heald Hwy, Union, ME 04862 or hedrichm@aol.com. Position will remain open until filled.

    Spring Plant Sale

     

     

     

     

    Thanks to all for making the plant sale a great success - from everyone who placed a pre-order, to those of you who came out in the rain, and especially to all the volunteers without whom we could not have done it!

    Still looking for plants? Contact Sheepscot General Store & Farm in Whitefield to check on availability of overstock apples, pears, plums, berries, grapes, etc.

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    Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine is now Maine Woodland Owners with a great new logo - and the same great newsletter.  Terrific article on songbird feeding in the February issue:  A Delicate Dance

      

    Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG): Invasive Plant Problems

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     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:

    Knox-Lincoln: Hildy or Rebecca at 596-2040 or info@knox-lincoln.org
    Kennebec: Dale at 622-7847 x3 or dfinseth@kcswcd.org

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    Invasive Plant Alert: Hardy Kiwi

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