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We have submitted our Annual Report to the Dept. of Ag, Conservation & Forestry. This is an annual report and plan for 2016 and is pretty basic. But if you would like to take a look, Here is a copy
OUR 2016 TREE & SHRUB SALE IS LIVE.
Deadline for orders is March 18th. Pick-up of orders is April 23rd. Change from past years — No pick-up in Winslow. The Newkirk’s have done yeoman’s work over the years but are unable to do so in 2016. Many thanks for their support in the past.
Here is the plant order info. Just print the order form off and send it with your payment. Happy Planning for Spring Planting!
HELP ESTABLISH OUR NATURAL RESOURCE PRIORITIES [STATEWIDE & IN KENNEBEC COUNTY] USE THIS SURVEY MONKEY LINK www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQ5GPL5 Or contact us for a paper copy. This is your opportunity to make your opinions known.
The Maine State Envirothon Program is off to a great 2016 season. The Envirothon is a competition between high school groups in a series of Natural Resource related issues. If you are a high school rep, student or parent who is interested, check the MACD website – MaineConservationDistricts.com or contact us for more information. We already have nearly 40 teams signed up. The actual competitions are scheduled in April, May and June of 2016.
Our new NRCS staff person has settled in nicely. Luis Aponte officially started on November 2nd. So far he hasn’t had much Maine winter to experience.
In other news:
The Kennebec and Knox-Lincoln SWCD’s are included in a CIG [Conservation Innovation Grant] grant from NRCS. It is a project awarded to the Maine Natural Areas Program to address the pressure on Central Maine areas being generated by 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 just starting work on that project.
The Kennebec SWCD and partners have been awarded a new project to develop a new Watershed Based Plan for the East Pond watershed. Work is beginning and will continue over the next field season.
The Kennebec SWCD is doing work for NRCS, our Federal partners to help them identify and document local “Conservation Priorities” in Kennebec County. Public meetings are being planned State-wide. We have also started a survey monkey in order to collect your input on establishing those priorities. If you want to take it use the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQ5GPL5
The Kennebec SWCD is part of a statewide group of SWCD’s providing some of the Forestry Pest outreach. Work has begun. The Ag Trade Show was a great opportunity for us to start.
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.