304 North Street Houlton Maine 04730


Nov 2022 tillage radish for web

Winter Ag School 2023, The SASWCD's annual class series will be wrapping up with the "Mushroom Growing 101" online class April 22 with North Spore. For information on pre-registering for this class, please download WINTER AG SCHOOL pdf or check under the "Education" tab at the top of this page. As always, follow us on Facebook to find up-to-date class information.

Pond Stocking with Brook trout! Once again, Soil and Water Conservation Districts within Maine are working with Mi'kmaq Farms and Hatchery in Caribou to supply Brook trout for area ponds. FMI, download a pdf of order form, including link to the necessary fish stocking permit, TROUT ORDER FORM

Tree and Shrub Sale order deadline has passed. Trees that were not pre-sold will be available for sale on the day of pick up the first week of May. If you are interested in some of the hardwood and conifer varieties that are still available, contact us at 254-4126. You may download a pdf of the order form HERE that includes current availability of items or check under the "Fundraising" tab to see a written list of sold out items. We believe planting a tree is a small act for the collective good so plant more trees!

Invasive Forest Pests Booth at the Houlton Chamber of Commerce's Southern Aroostook Recreation and Trade Show at Millar Arena April 15 and 16. Come play some corn hole with forest pests beanbags and learn more about how to slow down, look for, and keep out invasives from our treasured woodlands. 


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 has received a new Project Canopy Grant and will begin implementing some tree planting in the town in 2023. Like SASWCD's Facebook 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.