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The Kennebec SWCD is currently in the midst of our Supervisor Election for a three year term of office starting in January, 2016. Our current Chairperson, Tom Doore, is up for reelection. The ballots are prepared and are available at the office. Call Dale Finseth at the Kennebec office [622-7847 x3] or e-mail me at Dale@kcswcd.org if you want to receive a ballot. If you are interested in serving with the Board of Supervisors in some other capacity, feel free to give Dale a call with your questions.
The NRCS/SWCD Local Work Group for Kennebec and Lincoln Counties is scheduled for November 10, 2015 at the Whitefield Fire Station [24 Townhouse Rd; Whitefield] from 1-3:30. This meeting collects input and features discussion about natural resource issues in the two counties and provides that feedback and recommendations to NRCS for their programs. For more information and to let us know you plan to attend, contact either the Kennebec SWCD at 622-7847 x3
The Maine State Envirothon Program is just getting started for the 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. Currently the various Maine High Schools are being contacted with registration information. The actual competitions are scheduled in April, May and June of 2016.
We are sad to announce that one of our newer NRCS staff persons here in
Augusta is moving her NRCS work to New Jersey. Bianca has worked
here for a number of years between her time as an intern and as a full-time NRCS staffer. We wish her well and we are sorry that she will miss this coming Maine winter.
We have already had a new NRCS employee start work at this office. Luis Aponte officially started on November 2nd. He is fitting in nicely and already has a computer that works. Progress is being made.
In other news:
- Other woods related public activities include:
November 13 8-4 Woodland Legacy Planning & Private Landowner Options by SWOAM at the Senator Inn in Augusta. THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 26, 2016. Stay tuned for more information.
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.
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. Stay tuned for ways that you can become involved with that effort. It has been five years since we last did a Kennebec Natural Resources Assessment.
The Kennebec SWCD is part of a statewide group of SWCD’s providing some of the Forestry Pest outreach. We will start that work this winter.
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.