304 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

Ludwig Spaeth Lilac


The SASWCD Tree and Plant sale order form is now available. You can download a pdf by clicking on the "Fundraising" tab at the top of this page. The beautiful Ludwig Spaeth Lilac is on the order form and is pictured above. Check out the offerings and dream of Spring!

Climate change is the hot topic for 2019 and we are planning a couple of Winter Ag School classes around it and potential effects on our natural resources. Check your mailbox by February for class listings, along with the 2019 tree and shrub sale or check out the offerings through this website. The Emerald Ash Borer findings in northern and western Maine will also be a focus during Winter Ag School. If you would like more information on EAB and other non-native destructive pests, please contact the SASWCD office for an information packet or check out "Invasive Forest Pests" under the "Projects" tab at the top of this page. Don't forget to like our Facebook page where we keep you up to date on the latest IFP news and findings.


2019 Winter Ag School: Winter Ag School kicks off with an "Adaptive Gardening" class with Maine AgrAbility March 5 from 6pm to 7:30 at Houlton High School. If you love to garden but finding it more difficult, come learn how to work smarter and conserve energy through simple ergonomic techniques and show and tell tools. Complete class listings are available and can be found under the "Education" tab at the top of this page. As always, all classes are free and open to the public.

Presque Isle Sportsman's Show: The 2019 Sportsman's Show will be held March 23-24 at UMPI and the SASWCD will be there with an Invasive Forest Pests display and lots of information to hand out. Stop by and say hi!

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.