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SASWCD's 75th Special Anniversary Newsletter is now available. If you are not on our mailing list and haven't received this multi-page newsletter highlighting our work over the year please stop in and pick up a copy. Lots of good photos and information including our board chair's "Thoughts from the Tractor Seat" and "A Year in Review" by NRCS district conservationist Helena Swiatek.


WINTER AG SCHOOL - 2018 Winter Ag School kicked off with a great native pollinator class March 6 with Xerces Society and NRCS partner pollinator conservationist Eric Venturini. We have a great series of classes planned through April 5 with diverse topics for all landowners. A pdf with a full listing of classes is available by clicking 2018 SCHEDULE.

BASIC SEPTIC SYSTEMS INSTALLER Workshop- Thursday, April 12 at Houlton Town Office beginning at 8am and ending 4pm. Presenters include state soil scientist Dave Rocque and former Maine state site evaluator Glenn Angell. Cost of day-long class is $20 which includes class handouts, coffee and snacks. Lunch is on your own. Pre-registration is requested. To read more about the workshop and to download a registration form, please click REGISTRATION.  Certification credits are available.

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.

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.