304 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

 SASWCD is 75!

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In celebration of this milestone, we have LOTS of educational events and an August field day planned to celebrate. Stay tuned and check back for more information on all of our upcoming events.

We still have some commemorative 2017 calendars available for $10, along with charcoal gray t-shirts featuring our great 75th logo for $16. Stop by the office Monday through Friday from 8-4 and pick one up - great for gifts for others or for yourself.


WINTER AG SCHOOL - SASWCD's annual Winter Ag School begins March 2 with a "Basics of Seed Saving" class with former Baker Creek Heirloom Seed employee Randel Agrella. The class will be held from 6-8pm in room 34 at Houlton High School. A full listing of classes and available credits can be downloaded here, WINTER AG SCHOOL. As always, all classes are FREE and open to the public. We have a good listing of diverse topics this year so come check us out!


BIG TREE CONTEST - The SASWCD and Maine Forest Service are teaming up 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 winners announced 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.


2017 FRUIT TREE and PLANT SALE - The order form for the 2017 Fruit tree and plant sale is available. Check under "Events" tab and "Fundraising Events" for order form and deadline information. PDF may also be downloaded HERE
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 winter 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.