304 North Street Houlton Maine 04730


Spring tree colors

June 22 Chop and Drop: Fisheries Habitat Enhancement Training with Maine Forest Service, IF&W, and Field Geology Services at the Millar Arena in Houlton. Check out detailed workshop information under the "Education" tab and "Other Educational Events". Workshop is free but pre-registration with SASWCD is required. 

LakeSmart Program through Maine Lakes ( The Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District is the Resource Hub for this program in Aroostook County. There are many simple actions homeowners can take to protect the lake they love. If you live on a lake and are interested in learning more about this program that helps preserve water quality and the value of your lake property, please contact us at 254-4126.


PROJECT CANOPY GRANT - The SASWCD was awarded a 2020 Project Canopy Grant, a community forestry program of the Maine Forest Service, to conduct a street tree survey in Houlton. The project has been completed with a written report provided to the Town of Houlton that includes recommendations and guidance on future maintenance and tree plantings within the town. Tara King, GIS specialist with NRCS, developed an interactive map of surveyed trees that allows users to glean specific information on the trees. The online map can be accessed at ArcGIS Dashboards. The District is working on a new Project Canopy Grant and will begin planting 15 trees in three designated neighborhoods in town in September. Like SASWCD's FB page to learn more about this planting project.


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
Jake Dyer, Vice-Chair, Monticello

Bud Philbrook, Treasurer, Island Falls
Perry Lilley, Smyrna
James Fitzpatrick, Houlton

Associate Supervisors:

Christy Fitzpatrick, Houlton
Kathryn Harnish, Houlton

The board of supervisors meet the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm at USDA Service Center. The public is welcome to attend.