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Summer is here and we are planning a couple of field tours along with working with different farmers to plant multi-species cover crop mixes in the Meduxnekeag Watershed through a DEP funded grant project. The District is also partnering with a couple of other agencies on some upcoming workshops. Check back often for updated information. In the meantime, happy growing!


FARMER COFFEE AND FIELD TOUR: The SASWCD is hosting a "Farmer Coffee and Field Tour" Thursday, July 26 beginning at 9 am - 10:30. Event is happening at Kingsbury Family Farm's Shank Rd field in Littleton (just off of Route 1) where they have planted a multi-species mix for nematode control. John Jemison and Alicyn Smart of UMaine Cooperative Extension will be on hand for the in-field discussion, as will growers Shane Kingsbury and Dustin Cowperthwaite. The educational event is made possible through grant funding through the DEP. Come kick the dirt, learn a little bit more about the role of cover crops, and enjoy a cup of joe. For additional information, contact the Southern Aroostook SWCD: 254-4126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.