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Kennebec Workshops

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop –Saturday March 9th in Vassalboro from 9:30 to Noon.

The workshop, led by apple tree enthusiast Joe Dembeck, will cover methods and tools used to prune fruit trees in order to increase their viability and production. After a brief overview, participants will get to test their skills pruning apple trees.

167 Tabor Hill Road; Vassalboro, ME
Cost: $10 per person
Contact Dale with questions.  480-3927  or  Dale@kcswcd.org

Here is a flyer.Kennebec Flyer

Small “backyard” farm workshop— Wednesday March 13th at China Town office from 4:00-5:30 [corrected time]

The workshop is geared towards landowners who have a “backyard” farm and want to learn how the animal waste may impact water quality and what they can do about managing that.

We ask that you register  with Laura.Lecker@me.nacdnet.net or call Dale at 480-3927.         Here is the link to further explanation- Small Farm Workshop

Request For Qualifications.

The Kennebec SWCD is requesting Statements of Qualifications from interested and qualified Consultants for Professional Project Coordinator Services in order to assist in the implementation of a Watershed Restoration Project at China Lake. See this link.  ChinaLake319_RFQ (002)submitted

Buffer Retrospective.

Here is a review of 18 year’s of buffer development. It is a review of an old project installing a buffer on the West Branch of the Sheepscot River and how it has weathered.  Take a look  Conservation Buffer 2024 FINALFeb28 (002)

We continue to seek applicants for our Executive Director position. If you or someone you know may be interested please have them contact the Kennebec County SWCD.


The Kennebec SWCD Supervisors are seeking applicants for our Executive Director position.

Executive Director

Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District

Opening posted: August 26, 2022  Expires when suitable candidate is selected.

The Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District seeks a motivated and energetic leader to serve as its part-time Executive Director to develop into a full time positionED Job Desc#8 8-26-22.
Develop and contribute to conservation projects with  current partners and help build a team of partnerships with a wide range of environmental professionals to promote natural resource stewardship. Flexible work schedule in the office, home, and field.
The successful candidate will be a self-motivated professional with education/work experience in natural resources and experience in project management including strategic planning, program implementation, outreach, and financial management. Opportunity to expand current programs offered through Kennebec SWCD and build new ones.
The Kennebec SWCD’s effectiveness is directly a result of its collaboration with partners including the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, State and local agencies, watershed and other conservation and natural resource groups, individual landowners, and funding organizations. The Executive Director’s ability to foster these relationships is critical to the success of the organization.
Reporting to the Kennebec SWCD’s Board of Supervisors, the Executive Director works with these and other partners in achieving the mission of the organization.

See full job description on this link- ED Job Desc#8 8-26-22

How to Apply: Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to:

Email: Dale@kcswcd.org

Or mail:
Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District
ATTN: Dale Finseth
2305 N. Belfast Ave.
Augusta, ME 04345

If you have any questions, contact Dale Finseth at 207-480-3927 or DFinseth@kcswcd.org


The Kennebec SWCD and the USDA  are co-located  at 2305 N. Belfast Ave. in Augusta. That is on Rts. 3, 9 and 202. Our new building is right across the street from Knights Farm Supply. You can give us a call at the NRCS shared number i.e. 622-7847 x3.

As the new USDA Service Center for Kennebec & Lincoln Counties. It includes offices for Natural Resources Conservation Service [NRCS]; Farm Service Administration [FSA]; and Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Given our Covid 19 procedures, you are still asked to call ahead before stopping by the office.

Covid-19 notice.  

Our office is currently open.

Our Board of Supervisors has begun meeting on the second Monday of each month at 1:30 pm. You must call ahead to receive materials and the needed meeting arrangements.

The Maine Forest Tick Survey is a collaboration between The University of Maine and volunteer landowners in southern and coastal Maine. Together, we are studying the relationship between land management and tick populations and tick-borne pathogens. Volunteers will collect ticks from their wooded properties, and we will identify and test them for pathogens. All volunteers will get a personalized report on which tick species and pathogens are present on their land. Online training sessions will take place in June and tick collections will occur on three separate days in July. Volunteers need to own between 5 and 1,000 acres of wooded land and live in one of the following counties: Androscoggin, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, York.  For more information, and to sign up, please visit: umaine.edu/ForestTickSurvey



**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/

Spotted Lanternfly isn’t picky – it has over 120 host plants it uses (and that’s just the lists of plants we have here in Maine).

Right now you should look for their egg masses (which look like mud splotches) on trees, vehicles, buildings, outdoor equipment, and other surfaces. For more information: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/caps/slf/index.shtml

Asian Longhorned Beetle is attracted to trees like maples, birches, elms, willows, and horsechestnuts. These trees are common in Maine and make up over half of Maine’s annual harvest. Keep your eyes open for signs of Asian Longhorned Beetle: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/caps/ALB/ALBdamagepics.shtml
Trees provide environmental services by filtering our air and water and anchoring our soil. We don’t know what we would do without them (and we don’t want to find out!). What’s your favorite kind of tree?

**One of the invasive species that’s spreading closer to Maine is Oak Wilt. Oak Wilt is a fungus that kills all oak trees, with red oaks being very vulnerable. Red oaks can die within months or weeks of infection, while white oaks die slowly over the course of several years, increasing the potential for the Oak Wilt to spread to other trees.

**It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week!  Maine has more invasive forest pests than we would like, and they harm our economy, environment, culture, and health. We can reduce the spread of invasive forest pests by not moving firewood and by checking our trees for signs of infestation and disease. Each day we’ll post on an invasive forest pest we’re trying to stop from harming Maine’s forests

**Have you checked your trees recently? Now is a good time to check and prune for Browntail Moth webs and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, as well as to safely prune oak trees while oak diseases, like oak wilt, are less likely to spread. https://youtu.be/LiCK8XBtXAU

**Oak Wilt is a fungus that kills all oak species once infected. This fungus can be spread by sap beetles, root grafts between oak trees, and moving infected wood. https://youtu.be/hFThVO7kLB0

**As you’re enjoying Maine’s woods this winter, prevent the spread of unwanted forest pests! Find local firewood at https://firewoodscout.org/resources/ME

**Locally cut trees and holiday plants can be put in your brush pile or taken to your transfer station for mulching

**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!


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





The Maine State Envirothon 2023 was in June this year. A Spruce Mt. team took 1st place and represented Maine at the National Envirothon in New Brunswick.
Check   www.maineconservationdistricts.org/envirothon for more info.  

The 2023-24 Envirothon season is now started. Three Fall Field Day events are scheduled in September and October. We have  a Fall Field Days at Sebago Lake State Park on September 29th and the University Forest at the UMOrono campus on October 13th. Another at Aroostook State Park on was held on September 12th. We will be holding a Spring Forestry Training at the UMOrono campus inn March. At this point we are planning for  “in person” Maine Envirothon events in the spring of 2024. Locations and dates are currently being arranged.

In other news:

  • The Kennebec SWCD is currently completing the needed contracting for the newly awarded 319 Implementation Grants with the Maine DEP. Both a project in Togus Pond watershed and China Lake watershed will begin in January, 2024.
  • The Kennebec SWCD  has been part of a statewide group of SWCD’s providing  Forestry Pest outreach. 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 North Pond. That project is nearing completion.
  • The Kennebec SWCD completed work on the grant to develop a Watershed Based Plan for China Lake. That work  completed early in the 2022 calendar year.