MEDUXNEKEAG RIVER WATERSHED RESTORATION, PHASE II PROJECT- The SASWCD is working with eight farmers in the Meduxnekeag Watershed this season as part of this Dept of Environmental Protection grant. Farmers are planting different multi-species and green manure cover crops, based on the grower's farm priorities. The one thing they all have in common though is that they benefit the soil. A good example of the kinds of cover being planted is this photo of an arugula and mustard mix grown as a bio-fumigant and to be followed by planting sorghum sudan grass.
FARMS and RIVERS for the FUTURE - This partnership grant project among UMaine, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, NRCS, and SASWCD has completed its one-on-one interviews with 17 livestock and crop farmers in the Meduxnekeag Watershed and will follow up with on-farm visits this summer. The project aims to gain a better understanding of the needs and potential barriers of farmers adopting certain best management practices (BMPs).
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.
MOBILE KITCHEN CART PROJECT - With 2020 impacting the project's focus on in-class cooking, the SASWCD reached students through USDA-Farm to School grant in other ways like an online series called "Snack Bites," videos of recipes for quick, homemade snacks that are simple enough for children to make without adult supervision. The SASWCD is looking forward to getting back into the classrooms this fall and using the Charlie Cart to teach kids healthy cooking skills.
OTHER PROJECTS and EDUCATION
ENVIROTHON FALL FIELD DAYS - Date and location TBD. Natural resource field day that helps prepare County high school students for the Envirothon competition that will take place in Spring, 2022. We are excited to bring this national program back after a brief hiatus and look forward to expanding students' knowledge of environmental resources such as aquatics, soil, forestry, and more.
BASIC & ADVANCED EROSION CONTROL PRACTICES - Thursday, November 18, 7:30am - 3:45pm. In this class participants will learn why erosion control practices are important, be exposed to the principles of erosion and sedimentation, learn how to properly install and maintain BMPs, regulations requiring erosion control and more. Pre-registration is required and cost of class is $30. Location TBD.