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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


Women, Food & Ag Network's "Women Caring for the Land": Wednesday, September 19 from 8:30am to 3pm at the Meduxnekeag Ramblers Snowsled Club in Littleton. Event is FREE and is geared to Aroostook County women who own or manage farmland. There will be informal discussions with women conservation professionals who can help with landowners' management goals and participants will learn about different soil health improvements. Pre-registration is required with RSVP needed by September 17th. RSVP by calling the Southern Aroostook SWCD: 254-4126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on WFAN, check out

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 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.