Local Working Group Meeting     Seeks Resident Input to Identify Natural Resource Concerns and Funding Priorities

Are you a landowner, woodland lot owner, or farmer? Are you interested in applying for NRCS funding next year to accomplish larger projects to help conserve your property and help the environment? Would you like to participate in deciding how this funding is distributed throughout Kennebec and Lincoln Counties? We want your input.

Kennebec and Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation Districts will be hosting the meeting at Augusta city hall this year. This is the annual USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Local Working Group meeting. It is planned for Monday December 12, 2022, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.  This meeting is open to the public. Topics include discussion of the 2023 USDA NRCS programs and the prioritizing of funding for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) for Kennebec and Lincoln Counties. This is a great time to learn about new NRCS cost-share programs and connect with others in the community who are committed to protecting our natural resources.

Date: Monday 12/12/2022 
Time: 10:00AM – Noon
Location: Augusta City Hall; 16 Cony St.; Rm 145  “Fort Western Room”

Registration is requested but not required.  We need to plan for the number of people.
To register please call or email Kennebec SWCD  or Knox-Lincoln SWCD
Phone   Kennebec  207-480-3927               Email     DFinseth@kcswcd.org
Knox-Lincoln  207.596.2040                       julie@knox-lincoln.org



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 position   ED 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



Ballots are available for our election District Supervisor election on November 29th. Gary Wheeler has submitted his nomination signatures and is running for the one position that is up for election, please contact Dale at 622-7847 x3 or 480-3927 in order to receive a ballot or if you have any questions. Gary lives in Augusta and has served previous terms and decided to seek another term in office. Remember to vote either in person or absentee by November 29th.


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. Arrange to meet with physical distancing.

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 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

Forest Pest updates for 2022


Locally harvested trees and holiday greenery can be put in your brush pile or taken to your transfer station for mulching.       #BuyLocal #DontSpreadInvasives #MaineBugWatch

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        #TreeMaintenance #CheckYourTrees #Prevention #MaineBugWatch





**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!

**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.

Oak Wilt Fungus .

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





The Maine State Envirothon 2022 was in person this year. A Spruce Mt. team took 1st place and will be representing Maine at the National Envirothon in Ohio.  Teams from Spruce Mt. placed 2nd and a team from Mt Ararat took 3rd at the Maine Envirothon.
Check   www.MaineEnvirothon.org   for more info.  

The 2022-23 Envirothon season is just getting started. Three Fall Field Day events were scheduled in September and October. One needed to be cancelled. Currently we had a Fall Field Days at the University Forest at the UMOrono campus on October 14th. And another at Aroostook State Park on October 19th. At this point we are planning for  “in person” Maine Envirothon events in the spring of 2023.

In other news:

  • 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  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 just getting started with most of the work planned for 2022.
  • 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.