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Covid-19 notice.  

Our office is currently closed unless you call ahead and arrange to meet with physical distancing arrangements.

Our Board of Supervisors will continue to meet on the first Tuesday of each month by phone conference. You must call ahead to receive materials and the needed conference call information.

Forest Pest updates

**Wondering what to plant in your yard? Choose native plants to safeguard Maine’s native habitat for the birds and pollinators. Check out the Wild Seed Project, a Portland based nonprofit, for native plant inspiration!      https://wildseedproject.net/ 

**Did you know that certified heat-treated firewood is the only firewood that is safe to travel with? All other wood may contain invasive insects & diseases. If you plan to camp somewhere far from firewood sellers and decide to bring wood with you, buy USDA certified heat-treated firewood. Look for labels with “certified heat-treated firewood” that had been heated to 160 degrees for at least 75 minutes to make sure your wood is pest free! https://www.dontmovefirewood.org/map/maine/     

**90% of Maine’s forest is privately owned. Help prevent the spread of deadly invasives by checking your wood lots for signs of pests & diseases! 

**Did you know that moving firewood spreads invasive insects and diseases that kill out trees? An easy way to prevent the spread of invasive species is to buy firewood where you plan to burn it! Find local firewood sellers all over Maine here: http://www.firewoodscout.org/s/ME/.  

#NISAW        #InvasiveSpecies       #Firewood #BuyLocalBurnLocal #MaineBugWatch 

**An astounding 89% of Maine’s land, 17 million acres, is covered in forest. All of Maine’s forests are protected by not moving firewood. 

#MaineArborDay #DontMoveFirewood #BuyItWhereYouBurnIt #MaineBugWatch 

This tiny green pest bores D-shaped holes in the bark of Ash trees to feed and lay its eggs, starving the tree of water and nutrients. Once the Emerald Ash Borer has settled in, the Ash tree will die within 5 years.

The Emerald Ash Borer is quickly spreading in Maine because of the movement of

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We’re talking about Oak Wilt Fungus . #NISAW #OakWilt

This nasty fungus can kill a Red Oak within weeks and a White Oak within two years. Oak Wilt spreads by sap-eating beetles carrying the fungus and once one tree is infected, the fungus can spread quickly through the roots to other oaks. Signs of Oak Wilt include leaves turning brown in spring or summer.

Luckily, Oak Wilt has not yet been found in Maine. The

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Spotlight is the Asian Longhorned Beetle. #NISAW #AsianLonghornedBeetle #Unwanted

This invasive beetle has been found as close as Boston and Worcester, MA but luckily has not yet made it’s way to Maine. Asian Longhorned Beetles easily spread by hitchhiking on firewood. Every tree infested with Asian Longhorned Beetles eventually die. #BuyLocalBurnLocal #DontMoveFirewood

The Asian Longhorned Beetle looks very similar to our natiive “Pine” Sawyer

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  • Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB): Pest Survey (CAPS): Division of Animal and Plant Health: Maine Agriculture, Conservation, Forestry (DACF)
    DACF Home → Bureaus & Programs → Bureau of Agriculture → Division of Animal and Plant Health → Pest Survey (CAPS) → LHB Resource Page
  • Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB): Pest Survey (CAPS): Division of Animal and Plant Health: Maine Agriculture, Conservation, Forestry (DACF)
    DACF Home → Bureaus & Programs → Bureau of Agriculture → Division of Animal and Plant Health → Pest Survey (CAPS) → LHB Resource Page
  • See more at MAINE.GOV

OTHER BIG NEWS

For the time being the USDA has lost its office space in Kennebec County. The Kennebec SWCD has moved to the old Entomology Lab at 50 Hospital St. in Augusta. Commonly referred to as “the Bug Lab”. We now have a phone.

NEW ADDRESS   Kennebec SWCD; 50 Hospital St.; Augusta, ME 04330
NEW PHONE     207-621-9000

It is probably best to call ahead  and not take the chance of “just dropping in”.  Because it is usually just Art and Dale here, there is always the chance that we may be out of the office.

We are so sorry for the confusion caused by the disruption. If you need to contact NRCS staff, you can continue to contact them at their office number of 622-7847 x3.


The Maine State Envirothon 2020 is not accepting registrations. Regionals are on May 19 in Houlton, May 20 at MOFGA, May 21 in Bethel and May 22 at Leonard Mills in Bradley.  This year’s State competition in in Augusta on May 29th.
Check   www.MaineEnvirothon.org   for more info.  

In other news:

  • The Kennebec and Knox-Lincoln SWCD’s continue 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 have recently received an additional award from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund [MOHF] in collaboration with both Knox-Lincoln and Waldo SWCD to expand the project of “invasive surveys”.
  • Technical Assistance provided with other watershed organizations has begun. That work includes China Regional Lake Association, Togus Pond, Belgrade Regional Lakes Alliance and 30 Mile Watershed Association.
  • The Kennebec SWCD  is part of a statewide group of SWCD’s providing  Forestry Pest outreach. We are just beginning a new contract which will include some changes.   The 2019-20  “Forestry Pest”  events and activities are being scheduled.
  • The Kennebec SWCD has received the award from Maine DEP for a new Watershed Based Plan for Great Pond. That work with partners is just beginning.
  • The Kennebec SWCD has also received the award from Maine DEP for a new Watershed Based Plan for China Lake. That work with partners will begin this fall.