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last edited 04/04/2014

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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.

 

 

 

This year's trout sale has started.  If you want to order, here is the order form.  Call the office if you have any questions.  622-7847 x3    Fish pick-up day is Thursday, May 15th at about noon-1 pm.

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The tree sale has been completed.

Those people who ordered trees will need to pick their orders up on April 19th.

Most get their trees & shrubs at the State Parking Garage.  A few pick their orders up at the Newkirk farm in Winslow.

See you on the 19th.

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Regarding Soils -  The Kennebec District partnered with our surrounding SWCD's, the Extension Service and NRCS to submit a grant application to further demonstrate the advantages of practicing agriculture with a focus on soil health i.e. cover crops and no/low tillage practices.  We will know this summer if the grant application was successful. Stay tuned.

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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/

 

Winter Newsletter was mailed in February.

The digital version was sent out +and is available here.  Winter 2014 issue is here.

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I'm still waiting for the snow to melt off my left-over trees at home.  Once the snowpack is gone I will update the list posted here for leftover trees. 

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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. 

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 making progress. 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

--- The gardens have been "put to bed" i.e. they have been cleaned and covered with leaf mulch or cover seeded with annual rye.

--  The December snow covered most plants before the January ice arrived. However some of my large mature trees took a beating. Unfortunately will all the rain and warmth, the gardens are now uncovered again. What that will mean once we get cold weather again, has yet to be determined.

---  I must comment on the great peach crop this year. The Reliance Peach ripened first. Then the Contender Peach which were superb. ...and then the Madison Peach produced.

--- In addition I had my first Asiatic Pears. I'll be adding another tree next year. They ripened late but were the best pear I've ever tasted from around here.

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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 January 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.