304 North Street Houlton Maine 04730




FARMS and RIVERS for the FUTURE - This is a partnership project among UMaine, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, NRCS, and SASWCD. Farmers in the Meduxnekeag Watershed will be contacted by the SASWCD in the coming months to participate in one-on-one interviews with UMaine project researchers. The project will help make clear farmer's perceptions and potential barriers to implementing certain BMPs. 

PROJECT CANOPY GRANT - The SASWCD was awarded a Project Canopy Grant, a community forestry program of the Maine Forest Service, to conduct a street tree survey in Houlton. Volunteers went out this summer and collected data in different neighborhoods within Houlton and results will be compiled into a report for the town this winter, providing guidance on future maintenance and tree plantings. 

MOBILE KITCHEN CART PROJECT - With Covid-19 impacting the project's focus on in-class cooking, the SASWCD continues to reach students through USDA-Farm to School grant in other ways. The SASWCD began a new online video series called "Snack Bites," videos of recipes for quick, homemade snacks that are simple enough for children to make without adult supervision. Students can view the You Tube videos on the RSU29 "Snack Bites" page - Thank you to local artist Frank Sullivan for generously designing the "Snack Bites" logo free of charge!

Snack Bites 1 for video


MEDUXNEKEAG RIVER WATERSHED RESTORATION, PHASE II PROJECT - The SASWCD is continuing a Dept of Environmental Protection grant to target specific agricultural and livestock practices in the Meduxnekeag Watershed, as well as no-tilling, cover cropping and winter cover work. The grant project will conclude at the end of 2021 and any farmers in the watershed who are interested in participating should contact the District at 254-4126 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.


"WINTER & SPRING AG SCHOOL" -  We have a great line-up of classes planned this year with the first class kicking off March 16. Check under the "Education" tab to download a complete listing of classes. 

BROOK TROUT SALE - We are taking orders through May 21 for the SASWCD's annual trout sale. Check out Trout Sale under "Fundraising" tab above to download an order form.


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
Perry Lilley, Treasurer, Smyrna
James Fitzpatrick, Houlton

Associate Supervisors

Bud Philbrook, Island Falls

The board of supervisors meet the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm at USDA Service Center. The public is welcome to attend.