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Honest, spring is not far off. Check out the tree sale information.

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Hit Counter in 2013

   3,200 in 2013

  2,940 in 2012

  2,410 in 2011

   3,210 in 2010

   3,720 in 2009

   3,260 in 2008.

   3,930 in 2007.

   3,200 in 2006.

 

 

WE APOLOGIZE FOR NOT HAVING UPDATED OUR WEBSITE FOR SO LONG.

I AM NOT VERY TECH SAVEY AND OUR WEBSITE SOFTWARE CHANGED WITHOUT ME KNOWING HOW TO USE IT PROPERLY.   Many thanks to Chris Brewer for walking me through a "fix" in a manner I can understand.

 

The Kennebec SWCD Supervisor election was on November 25th. 

Clif Buuck was re-elected to the Board of Supervisors for a three year term.

Unfortuantly we also need to report that Dan Tibbetts, who has been a Kennebec Supervisor for a number of years took ill and died in early December.  As a result we have appointed Mary Street as a new Supervisor

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Regarding Soils -  The Kennebec Districtis begun the work with our surrounding SWCD's, the Extension Service and NRCS  to further demonstrate the advantages of practicing agriculture with a focus on soil health i.e. cover crops and no/low tillage practices.  The project started on September 1st. Three farms in Kennebec, three farms in Waldo and four farms in Somerset County took advantage of the project and we have started to monitor their efforts.   Of course those efforts are all buried under feet of snow now.

 

...and for those with a sense of humor you may want to watch this YouTube video/sound track. It's gotta bring a smile to your face, regardless of your attitude about "cover crops".    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibso8kirhZo&sns=em

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If you are interested in checking out some additional information, you may want to link to the following -

 

NRCS’ Soil Health Website (Gateway to a lot of resources; such as videos, articles, presentations, farmer testimony, etc):

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/soils/health/

 

Soil Health Webinars (Several one-hour informational talks on different Soil Health Topics):

http://www.conservationwebinars.net/

 

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2015 Tree & Shrub sale

We finally have the 2015 tree and shrub offerings available for people to look at and order from.  Please see the list of trees and the order form attached to our sale page. It is also available here. Shrub Sale info.

Orders must be received at either the Kennebec or Somerset SWCD office by March 20th.     The pick-up date will be Saturday, April 18th.  By then the snow should be gone.  This is an opportunity to replace some of the trees and shrubs that have been damaged over the harsh winter season. 

That early November snowstorm damaged a number of trees and shrubs that will need attention come this spring.

 

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The followingMaine DEP  links seem useful for many. The Maine DEP sent out a report with the following information that we thought others may find useful.

This year’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Report highlights 12 watershed projects completed in 2013. Over $1.5 million was spent to maintain and improve water quality, a drop in the bucket compared to the billions of dollars generated from Maine’s waters each year.

You can take action on your own land, and guide landowners in your community to these helpful resources:

 

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 Contractors now need to be "Certified" for shoreland zone work. While the State had extended time for contractors to have their BMP sites certified, that time is past. If you are doing work in the shoreline, your contractor needs to be "certified".  Check www.maine.gov/dep/land/training/    for more information.  There is a workshop schedled for April 8th in Portland.

Or call or e-mail Bill Laflamme at  215-9237  or  william.n.laflamme@maine.gov

 

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The Maine DEP has modified their website. We have posted a list of the modified links on our "Useful Links" page.

If you are looking for gravel/camp road materials, go here.

If you want permit information, including the Permit by Rule [PBR] go here.

The general resource page at the Maine DEP website includes all kinds of reference material. They have an excellent selection of manuals and technical guides.  Select that DEP page here.

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Here at the Kennebec District --

** We continue doing Gravel Road Plans throughout the County for road groups..

**The Togus Pond 319 watershed grant is in its final phase. We have completed two road plans and are currently and are meeting with landowners to review erosion problems. We met with the Togus Pond Association in June.

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Dale's garden update --    see Dale's Garden Page

---Everything is frozen.

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--  The compost pile is solid. It's tough when I need to shovel the path a couple times a week.

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--- I'm now waiting to see of my damaged plants from last fall will return.  t.

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For local weather information you may want to check  www.WUnderground.com for very local information and history

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You may purchase from the tree and shrub bank!!! Now's the time to begin thinking about next spring's plantings. Our  newsletter will have our tree sale information.  If you are thinking about planting from the leftovers, take a look at the list from Dale's Garden Page, or take a look at the list here.  There are a number of plants good for buffer planting.

 

It is a good time to focus on your soils for the coming year. A simple list for soil improvement is 1) enhance organic material, 2) prevent soil compaction, 3) avoid excess tillage, 4) manage pests & nutrients EFFICIENTLY, 5) keep the ground covered [cover crops] and 6) diversify your crops.  For a good discussion of soil improvement check out the following.  Click here for the specific article.

 

When planning buffers and other ways to control erosion and stormwater damage on property and along shorefront, check out the Conservation Fact Sheets and other information at the Maine DEP website or the Portland Water District website. Both of these websites have more than just the Fact Sheets for information you may find useful. For permit information.

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Calendar of Events/Workshops and other opportunities.

click here for events to keep on your calendar for the coming months

 

 

 

 

 

Kennebec SWCD;  21 Enterprise Dr. Suite #1; Augusta, ME  04330         207-622-7847 x3

 
 

The Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District is a Non-Profit Organization all proceeds from our fundraising efforts are used to promote conservation and the wise use of our natural resources. The Kennebec County SWCD is an equal opportunity provider and employer.