Farm field growing multi-species cover crop, including mustard as a bio-fumigant
As summer wanes we are looking forward to fall harvest time and a couple of workshops we are partnering on with other agencies. Be sure and check back often for updated information. In addition to the SASWCD related events listed below, we'll also be at Cooperative Extension's "Rural Living Day" September 8 at the Millar Civic Center where we'll have a display educating participants on invasive forest pests. Jocelyn Lahey of Andy Valley SWCD will be leading a workshop in the afternoon discussing invasive forest pests, including information regarding the newly discovered Emerald Ash Borer in the St John Valley. Check out Extension's website for a complete listing of the day's workshops at https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/northern-maine-rural-living-day-september-8-2018-houlton-civic-center-houlton-fair-grounds/
Fall Forestry Workshop "BMPs to Protect Water Quality": Wednesday, October 24th 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 and NO pre-registration is required. Forestry credits tbd.
BIG TREE CONTEST - The SASWCD and Maine Forest Service are continuing to encourage people of all ages to appreciate the value of trees and 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.