SHUTDOWNS    –    The Kennebec SWCD shares space with the USDA office in Augusta. On days when the federal government is in “shutdown mode” we will not be at our office.
However, District staff will be working at home and can receive e-mail. If you feel you need to talk to us during a Federal Shutdown, please call and leave a message for me at my home.  582-1820.


John Branscom has officially been certified as our new Supervisor. Thank you to all of you who took part in our election.

We have just started our 2018 tree and shrub sale through Fedco.
The Kennebec SWCD has processed our plant order from Fedco as a Group Member.   Go to the Fedco website at any time and place and order. Follow the instructions below and your order will be placed as part of the Kennebec SWCD Group.     ORDER DEADLINE IS MARCH 9, 2018

Group Member Instructions:
Our group order number is 49803  for our Trees order.

  1. Go to the Fedco division in which you are building an order  [Trees], using the links in the page header. Log in using your own email address.
  2. When you review your order prior to checking out, click the ‘Part of a Group‘ checkbox. Then go to ‘Check Out Securely‘ and type in the Kennebec group order number where indicated.   #49803
  3. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you used to log in.  Until your coordinator finalizes the group’s order, however, Fedco cannot confirm receipt of your order.
    Kennebec SWCD Group name  –                Kennebec Co SWCD

Group Order #                49803

Maine Envirothon       –          The 2018 Maine State Envirothon season is just starting. Check the MACD website for information- MaineConservationDistricts.com

The team from Spruce Mountain was last year’s Maine champion. They represented Maine at the International competition in Maryland. Contact us for more information. Check the MaineEnvirothon website for more current information.  www.MaineEnvirothon.org  

In other news:

  • The Kennebec and Knox-Lincoln SWCD’s continue a project awarded to the Maine Natural Areas Program to address  terrestrial invasive plants. It includes support to help landowners IMap the invasives they have, learn techniques to manage those invasives, and provide workshops to spread the word. We are continuing work on that project this field season.
  •  The Kennebec SWCD and partners have been awarded a new project to develop a new Watershed Based Plan for the East Pond watershed. Work  will continue over this field season.Sidar shore cmprsd
  • Technical Assistance provided with other watershed organizations has begun. That work includes China Regional Lake Association, Togus Pond, Belgrade Regional Lakes Alliance and 30 Mile Watershed Association.
  • The Kennebec SWCD  is part of a statewide group of SWCD’s providing  Forestry Pest outreach. We are in the second year of that project.   The 2018  “Forestry Pest” workshops and other events are being scheduled.
  • The Kennebec SWCD is working with the Town of Fayette in a project to replace old culverts on Sandy River Road that currently serve as a habitat barrier. The Maine DEP has awarded funds to the Town for the work and we are assisting with the planning, permitting and oversight. We have just learned that a project in Fayette may be able to go ahead in September.