“To balance multiple land and water uses and to promote the conservation of Kennebec County’s natural resources.”

The trout sale was very popular this year.

image (22)Thanks to all those who purchased trees. We hope your planting went well. If you bought Peonie in the past, they should be starting to bloom.
The Maine State Envirothon has selected its winner.  Spruce Mountain High School in Jay will be representing Maine at the International competition in Ontario, Canada. 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 had about 60 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. His weeks are full of training.

In other news:

  • The Kennebec and Knox-Lincoln SWCD’s are starting 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 starting work on that project this spring.
  •  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.Sidar shore cmprsd
  • 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 held State-wide. The state-wide survey collected input from nearly 1,000 people.
  • The Kennebec SWCD  is part of a statewide group of SWCD’s providing  Forestry Pest outreach. Work has begun.   Look for “Forestry Pest” workshops and displays in the coming months.
  • 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.

The Knox-Lincoln SWCD is sponsoring a series of workshops for new farmers. Check the schedule below. You may want to attend. Contact Hildy at Hildy@Knox-Lincoln.org  for more info

Earlier classes went very well. The July workshop is still planned.

Sat Jul 30                                                              (time TBD; lunch included)

Pasture Mgt 101 (Rick Kersbergen); Grazing Basics (including Riparian Grazing), Training Livestock to Eat Weeds: Talk & Demo (Kimberly Hagen, Grazing Specialist/VT Extension), Pasture Walk (Diane Schivera, Aldemere staff) at Aldemere Farm, Rockport in conjunction w/Beef Basics weekend.