Home

District Elections

The Kennebec SWCD is now has ballots available for our one elected Supervisor positions on our Board of Supervisors. If you wish to receive a ballot, contact Dale Finseth at 621-9000  or  Dale@kcswcd.org    Ken Laustsen from Oakland has submitted the needed signatures and is on the ballot available.  Completed ballots must be submitted by 4:00 November 28th.  If you are interested in receiving a ballot, please contact the office.

Covid-19 notice.  

Our office is currently open by appointment 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 or with physical distancing. You must call ahead to receive materials and the needed conference call information.

Forest Pest updates

IMMEDIATE PUBLIC NOTICE  [10/26/2020] Officials Request the Public’s Help Locating Ash Trees Sold at Maine Lowe’s Locations

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) seeks the public’s help in locating ash trees sold at Lowe’s stores in Maine during spring and summer 2020. DACF Horticulture and Forest Health officials are concerned that the trees may contain emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive insect that kills ash trees. The trees originated at a nursery located in an EAB infested and quarantined area. Customers purchased thirty-six of these trees during spring and summer from Lowe’s stores in Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Brewer, Brunswick, Portland, Sanford, Scarborough, Thomaston, and Windham. The trees were potted, sold for $29.98, and labeled as Ash Green, Fraxinus pennsylvanica. (A tree tag sample follows this news release.)

Customers who have not already been contacted by Lowe’s are asked to get in touch with Maine State Horticulture Program, by emailing bugwatch@maine.gov or calling directly at 207-287-7545

 

OTHER INVASIVE INFORMATION

**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

See More

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

See More

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

See More

  • 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

While the USDA has lost its office space in Kennebec County, we currently have some of our NRCS staff sharing our space at 50 Hospital St. The Kennebec SWCD has moved to the old Entomology Lab at 50 Hospital St. in Augusta. Commonly referred to as “the Bug Lab”.

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

Call ahead  before “just dropping in”.  The same goes for trying to see any of the NRCS staff who may be using space at our office.

To contact NRCS staff, you can continue to contact them at their office number of 622-7847 x3.
The big news is that a new building is being built for a new USDA Service Center on N. Belfast Ave in Augusta. We may be moved in by the end of the year or early in 2021.


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 SWCD has recently received a new grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts to provide  Technical Assistance to our local NRCS partners. While the grant has already begun, we intend to delay the start of most work until we become a co-located operation again after the first of the year.
  • 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”.
  • Given the impact of the Covid 19 limitations our technical assistance to the China Regional Lake Association, Togus Pond, Belgrade Regional Lakes Alliance and 30 Mile Watershed Association has been severely curtailed during the 2020 field season.
  • 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”  activities are primarily focused on digital outreach and providing materials to people and groups.
  • The Kennebec SWCD has received the award from Maine DEP for a new Watershed Based Plan for Great Pond. That work with partners is ongoing.
  • The Kennebec SWCD has also received the award from Maine DEP for a new Watershed Based Plan for China Lake. That work is ongoing and includes a watershed survey planned for 10/3/2020.