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It's been a great year for the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District as we've celebrated our 75th anniversary with lots of different educational workshops, recognizing the 2017 outstanding conservation farmer and partner with awards and pig roast/dinner, and capping off the year with a special "Celebrating Women on the Farm" luncheon December 6 at the Courtyard Café with guest speaker Amanda Beal of Maine Farmland Trust.

SASWCD 75th Special Anniversary Newsletter is in the works. During the 1990's, the District routinely put out a multi-page newsletter highlighting work over the year. This year, we're bringing the "old-fashioned" print version back as the final act in closing out a pretty great year. Check your mailbox or stop in the office for a copy beginning January 2nd.


WINTER AG SCHOOL - SASWCD is in the planning stages for the 2018 Winter Ag School, a series of classes in March with diverse topics for all landowners. Check back in January for a complete listing.

TREE and PLANT SALE - Annual tree and plant sale will be mailed out the beginning of next year and as always, will feature different fruit trees, shrubs, perennials, and small fruiting plants. Watch for it in your mailbox or check back here under "Fundraising" tab at the top of this page for a complete listing.

BIG TREE CONTEST - The SASWCD and Maine Forest Service are teaming up 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 winners announced 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.