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Harvesting green Russets - Have a great and safe harvest!

As we head into the fall harvest we are planning an October workshop and getting ready for 2019 educational activities. One of the important topics to provide the public information on is the finding of Emerald Ash Borer in northern and western Maine. Invasive Forest Pests displays and outreach activities are happening all over the state. If you would like more information on these destructive pests, please contact the SASWCD office for an information packet or check out "Invasive Forest Pests" under the "Projects" tab at the top of this page. Don't forget to like our Facebook page where we keep you up to date on the latest IFP news and findings.


Fall Forestry Workshop "BMPs to Protect Water Quality":  Thursday, October 25th from 7:30am to 1:30pm at the Houlton Community Golf Course, New Limerick and selected field sites. Hosted by the Maine Forest Service, this free workshop will commence with indoor BMP presentations and travel to a nearby field site to view placement and installation of water bars on skid trails using a grapple skidder, along with assessing water flow controls at stream crossings. Lunch will be provided. Due to space limitations,pre-registration is required and the workshop is currently full. To be placed on a waiting list, please call the SASWCD at 254-4126 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Forestry credits include 1/2 day CLP; 6 hrs QLP; and 2.5 Cat 1 SAF & LPF


BIG TREE CONTEST - The SASWCD and Maine Forest Service are continuing to encourage people of all ages to appreciate the value of trees andHemlock forest with a fun competition, "Big Tree Contest". It is easy to participate. If you know of a tree that fits the "Big Tree" criteria, simply fill out a nomination form and submit it to the SASWCD. District Forester Dan Jacobs will follow up and measure the tree, recording its dimensions based on a formula. Competition will be held from January until October, with a complete list of nominated trees and measurements available at that time. It's a good excuse to get outside! You may download a Tree Nomination Form here. A list of native Maine trees can be found on the Maine Forest Service website at Forest Trees of Maine. It's a great resource as it includes photos of our native tree species.


About Soil and Water Conservation Districts:
Soil and Water Conservation Districts work as the grass roots connection between local, state and federal agencies and producers and have done so since 1935, when Congress agreed to a Soil Conservation Service after spending an afternoon in session with skies darkened by soil particles blown in from the Great Plains. The Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District became recognized under Maine State Law in January of 1942. Since then, the SASWCD has grown from working with farmers as conservation "cooperators" to include all landowners.
Education for all landowners is an important part of our work. Check out listings under "Education" and "Fundraising" to see what is happening this fall in Southern Aroostook.


Assist and educate the public to promote stewardship of soil and water resources to landowners.

Board of Supervisors

The Southern Aroostook SWCD is locally-led by a volunteer board of Supervisors who direct district staff in determining natural resource priorities and educational programs. The current board of Supervisors include:

Elected and Appointed Supervisors
Gene Lawlor, Chair, Merrill
Peter Qualey, Sherman
Jake Dyer, Monticello
Perry Lilley, Smyrna
Sue Caswell, Dyer Brook

Associate Supervisors
Linda Trickey, Smyrna
Sharon O'Donnell, Hodgdon

The board of supervisors meet the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm at USDA Service Center. The public is welcome to attend.