Calling all Farmers! We need your knowledge and ideas to shape the future of agriculture in Maine. How can state government and other service and education providers better support YOU? Please help us develop an assessment of farmer needs and priorities supporting farmers and Maine’s agricultural economy. Please join us and share your thoughts about what you need to strengthen your farm business and grow Maine agriculture. Co-hosted by Maine Agricultural Needs, Maine Agrability Project, The Maine Food Strategy, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Farmland Trust.
We are pleased to welcome Jessica Leahy, president of the Maine Woodland Owners and a professor at the University of Maine School of Forest Resources this spring for an interactive, informative session about land succession. If you own woodlands, you’ll want to be at this event. Dinner will be provided. Watch for more information.
Land is a valuable resource and asset to residents of our County. Those that have land have passion for maintaining, using and protecting it. Additionally, most landowners have hopes and dreams for the future of their land. With all this in mind, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has hosted several land future planning (succession) workshops over the past 3 years and will host speaker Jessica Leahy for this evening program to discuss planning a future for your land.
This event will be beneficial to all landowner types. Speaker Jessica Leahy is the president of Maine Woodland Owners and a professor at the University of Maine in the School of Forest Resources. Jessica presented at the District's "Trees in Transition: Succession Planning for Your Woodlands" workshop held in 2015, and was incredibly well-received from the 40 participants that attended.
For this event, she will instruct participants in how to build a foundation and get started as you think about the future of your land. Perhaps, you would like to sell, or give it to a family member, or put it into a conservation easement – Jessica will speak about the conversations that folks need to have with counterparts, when and if it makes sense to get other organizations involved, and will walk participants through the superbly helpful resource, Your Land, Your Legacy. Each person who attends this event will go home with this resource and a clear plan on how to get started.
Land succession can be a challenging thing to navigate and this event is a comfortable, informative place to start this process. To attend the Taking the First Steps event, please register with the PCSWCD by Nov. 12. You can register online at http://www.piscataquisswcd.org, or by calling 207-564-2321 ext. 3 or emailing email@example.com.
Taking the First Steps is cosponsored by the Central Maine Chapter of the Maine Woodland Owners.
Our partners at Stream Smart Maine are offering this two-day, hands-on introduction to stream survey techniques and concepts associated with developing ecologically sound road/stream crossings. Day One will include a field training on what information to collect and how to collect it. On Day Two participants will analyze the data to develop preliminary designs in the classroom. Workshop attendees may be eligible for Forestry Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), DEP Voluntary Contractor Certification CEUs, and Engineering CEUs.
The workshop runs 9 to 4 both days. The $70 course fee includes lunch.
FMI and to register: maineaudubon.org/streamsmart
Presented by the Somerset County SWCD and Maine Woodland Owners Upper Kennebec Valley chapter. A persistent stream crossing problem has been fixed after more than half a century; come learn how.
Management projects are sometimes poorly done, with long-term negative impacts on nearby properties, public and private. This site visit will spotlight a stream relocation done by a landowner about 1960 that damaged fish passage and a town road. A MDEP grant to the Town of Starks corrected the problem.
The workshop is free and open to the public, and there is no need to preregister.
For more information please contact either Joe Dembeck at email: firstname.lastname@example.org / phone – 207-474-8323 or Patty Cormier (Maine Forest Service) at email: email@example.com / phone – 207-592-2238
The Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District, together with the Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter of Maine Woodland Owners and Maine Forest Service, invite you to join us for an informal walk of the most recent harvested area of the Yankee Woodlot in Skowhegan. This is a great opportunity to see what and how the cut was done. If time allows we will walk the harvest done the previous year, too. We will discuss all things harvesting, such as the planning, contract, monitoring or any subject folks want to discuss. Please be prepared for the weather. No need to pre-register, and this event is free and open to everyone!
Meet at: Somerset County Extension, 7 County Dr., off Back Road in Skowhegan