official District logoThe Somerset SWCD is hosting a workshop geared for woodlot owners to present and discuss information about the Northern Long-eared Bat and the impact its “listing” may have on property owners.  See below

Northern Long-eared Bat Workshop for Woodland Owners
Northern Long-eared Bat ESA [Endangered Species Act] Listing
Implications for Maine Woodland Owners and the Forest Industry
ate: September 15, 2015                 Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
ocation: Skowhegan Recreation Center – Room A (39 Poulin Drive – Skowhegan)

Our website layout has changed a bit but we have tried to keep those portions of the site that people found important. If you would like to see something else, let me know.

Maine Farm Days occured on the 26th and 27th. It was a bit wet the first day and glorious weather the second.

Thursday’s Soils Conference was well attended and informative.

If you didn’t make it this year. We will have next year’s information on the Maine Farm Days page as soon as it is available.

In other news:

  • The Kennebec and Knox-Lincoln SWCD’s are being 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.

    Excellent LakeSmart  “low impact” means of shorefront access. This MAY be a bit extreme, however.

  • 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 begin this fall.
  • Later this fall/winter the Kennebec SWCD will be doing work for NRCS, our Federal partners to help them identify and document local “Conservation Priorities” in Kennebec County.
  • The Kennebec SWCD  is part of a statewide group of SWCD’s to accomplish some of the Forestry Pest outreach. We should learn later this fall about that applications.
  • The Knox-Lincoln SWCD  Conservation Bus Tour on September 12th is already full. If you were hoping to attend, you will need to get your name on a waiting list.  Check out their website at  www.knox-lincoln.org   and plan to attend.