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
Natural Resources Assessment
We need your help! Maine's Conservation Districts, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), are conducting a Natural Resources Assessment (NRA) to determine natural resource priorities so that Districts and NRCS may assist landowners, professionals, and municipalities with best management practices that protect and improve land and water resources.
$50 Cash Prize!
Please complete our survey with statewide & local questions at www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQ5GPL5* and/or attend a local meeting to inform state and local natural resource programs and funding opportunities. To encourage particpation, Knox-Lincoln SWCD will enter all Knox and Lincoln county residents who complete a survey or attend a public meeting into a drawing for a $50 cash prize. Please complete survey ASAP and by March 31, 2016 at the latest.
*We hope that you will complete the survey online, but if you need a paper copy:
- Download the Knox-Lincoln survey HERE or
- Contact us at 596-2040 or email@example.com
Knox County: Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 6pm at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St
Lincoln County: Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 6pm at Damariscotta Town Office, 21 School St.
FMI about the NRA: maineconservationdistricts.com/natural-resources-assessment or download NRA press release
Questions? Need a paper copy of survey? Want to register for a local meeting? Contact us at 596-2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Invasive Forest Pests Workshops
Knox, Lincoln & Waldo County workshops:
- April 2, 2016 (Sat) at Rural Living Day in Thorndike. FMI and to register: This program is part of a day-long event sponsored by Waldo Extension. Details of Rural Living Day - including ticket information and schedule of events and presentations - will be posted here as available.
- April 6, 2016 (Wed) from 10am-noon at Midcoast Conservancy, 36 Water St, Wiscasset. Optional site visit to hemlock stand at Cushman Mtn from 12:30-1:30pm. Morning refreshments provided; bring a bag lunch. FMI and to register: Knox-Lincoln SWCD, 596-2040 or email@example.com.
- April 19, 2016 (Tue) from 9-11am at Searsmont Town Office, 37 Main St. South. Morning refreshments provided. FMI and to register: Waldo SWCD, 338-1964 x4 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-sponsored by Georges River Land Trust.
Programs have been reviewed and are approved for the following recertification credits:
- Professional CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters. Category 1-CF : 2.0; (April 6 only: Category 1-CF : 3.0 if participating in optional 1 hour field session)
- Pesticide Applicator credits by the Board of Pesticides Control: 2.0
Recertification credits are pending:
- State of Maine Board of Licensure of Foresters
- Maine Certified Logging Professionals Program
- Northeast Master Logger Certification Program through the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands
For more information about invasive forest pests and workshops and events in your area, visit maineconservationdistricts.com/forest-pest-outreach.
Summer Ecology Camps: 2016 Schedule is Here!
Knox-Lincoln SWCD is once again offering two sessions of suumer camp with Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.
The two one-week sessions are:
- EcoExplorers from Jun 27-Jul 1 (ages 7-9)
- Little Sprouts from Jul 11-15 (ages 4-6)
FMI: Summer Ecology Camps
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 - Weed Control, Restoring Hay Fields
- IPM, Agricultural Basic Applicators License, Organic Certification
- Pollinator Habitat
- Woodlands: Your Perennial Crop
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 email@example.com. We will post information on our website as we develop this program: Beginning Farmer Workshops 2016
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?
Click on the image to take the NRCS Soil Smarts Quiz and see how much you know...
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.