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Spring is here and lots of plans for planting trees and perennials from the SASWCD sale, along with working with different farmers to plant multi-species cover crop mixes in the Meduxnekeag Watershed through a DEP funded grant project. The District is also partnering with a couple of other agencies on some upcoming workshops and field tours. Check back often for updated information. In the meantime, happy planting! Frank Sullivan painting, "Of Mice and Men"


FORESTRY WORKSHOP: The Maine Forest Service is holding a free forestry workshop Wednesday, May 30 from 6-8pm at the Houlton Higher Education Center, 18 Military St. Featured speakers will be Tom Doak, Executive Director of Maine Woodland Owners and Al Cowperthwaite, Executive Director of the North Maine Woods. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Please contact  the Southern Aroostook SWCD to register or for more information: 254-4126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2018 TROUT SALE - We are extremely pleased to have found a new hatchery for Brook trout sales, enabling the SASWCD to continue with our annual trout sale. Please check out the "Fundraising" tab at the top of the page to find out more information about ordering Brook trout.

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.

 FARMER COFFEE AND FIELD TOUR: The SASWCD and NRCS are partnering on a morning field tour in July to check out some unique cover crop combination plantings happening in Southern Aroostook. Check back for more information or stop by the office as we get closer to the date!
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.