Southern Aroostook SWCD Events
September 12: Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Maine are involved in Envirothon, a natural resources competition for high school students. This fall the SASWCD is hosting the northern Envirothon fall field day where students are provided hands-on learning activities in soils, aquatics, forestry, and wildlife. The field day will be held at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle and resource sessions will be led by local professionals. Contact the SASWCD if your school is interested in beginning an Envirothon program.
LakeSmart Program through Maine Lakes (www.lakes.me): The Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District is the Resource Hub for this program in Aroostook County. There are many simple actions homeowners can take to protect the lake they love. If you live on a lake and are interested in learning more or want to find out if your lake is involved with this program that helps preserve water quality and the value of your lake property, please contact us at 254-4126.
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 a new Project Canopy Grant and will begin planting 15 trees in three designated neighborhoods in town in September. Like SASWCD's FB page to learn more about this planting project.