Welcome to the Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District
Earth Day may be celebrated for one day on April 22 but there are everyday actions you can take to better the planet. Pack your groceries and other purchases in reusable bags, use a travel mug when purchasing 'coffee to go', plant a small garden, plant a tree, start a compost pile, and much more. Check out the Earth Day website at http://www.earthday.org/take-action/ to find out other actions you can take, and take the "ecological footprint quiz."
We have a winner! Cara O'Donnell of Hodgdon was chosen as the winner of $50 in the drawing of people who completed the state-wide Natural Resources Assessment online survey. Thanks to everyone who took the survey and congratulations to Cara.
Early Spring events like Winter Ag School are over and we are looking forward to the ground warming up and getting back in the fields. In the meantime, the SASWCD TROUT SALE of Brook trout is happening. Click under "Events" tab and "Fundraising" to find out more information on stocking your pond with Brook trout.
TREE, SHRUB & PLANT SALE
The plant listing and order form for 2016 Tree and Shrub sale is over. The orders will be available for pick up on Friday, May 6 after 8am at the SASWCD office. Contact the SASWCD at 254-4126 with any questions.
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.
SASWCD MIssion: Assist and educate the public to promote stewardship of soil and water resources to landowners.
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, Board Chair, Merrill Peter Qualey, Sherman
Need appointed supervisor Perry Lilley, Smyrna
Sue Caswell, Dyer Brook
Linda Trickey, Smyrna
Jon Scott, Linneus
The board of supervisors meet the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at USDA Service Center. The public is welcome to attend.
Education for all landowners is an important part of our work. Check out listings under "Events" to see what is happening this winter in Southern Aroostook.