Annual Meeting & Dinner
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Meeting & Dinner

Join us for an evening of good food and company as we celebrate our Outstanding Farmer Tim Hewett of Skowhegan and Outstanding Woodland Owners Mary & Bob Burr of Mercer, and hear from scheduled speaker Amanda Beal, our new Commissioner of the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry. Catering by Rosa of Radici Cucina. Tickets cost $15 per person, cash and check only. FMI phone 207-474-8323 or email Jennifer

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Mapping Workshop for Woodland Owners
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Mapping Workshop for Woodland Owners

Have you ever wanted to learn how to map your woodland? Maybe you want to create a map to help you plan a timber harvest, manage for wildlife or recreation, determine acreage or simply because it’s fun! Then this workshop is for you!

 We will spend the evening exploring many free and low-cost mapping applications that are available to everyone. Through real world examples and demonstrations, you will learn the steps and options available to collect field data and prepare maps for your woodland. We will look at internet-based applications, as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.

 Your instructors will be Adam Cates and Patty Cormier, both District Foresters for the Maine Forest Service. This workshop is co-sponsored by Upper Kennebec Chapter - Maine Woodland Owners and Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District.

To sign up, email Jennifer or phone/text 207-679-7306.

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Forestry for the Birds
Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

Forestry for the Birds

  • Somerset County Cooperative Extension (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Timber management with the birds in mind! More details to be shared in March. This workshop has been approved for 2.5 Category 1 CFE credits.

Co-hosted by Somerset County SWCD and Piscataquis County SWCD in partnership with Forest Stewards Guild, Maine Audubon, Maine Forest Service and Maine Woodland Owners - Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter

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LANDOWNER LEGACY WORKSHOP:  TAKING THE FIRST STEPS
Apr
24
5:30 PM17:30

LANDOWNER LEGACY WORKSHOP: TAKING THE FIRST STEPS

  • Somerset County Cooperative Extension (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you taken a moment to think about the future of your land?  Perhaps you already have a detailed plan in place; or perhaps, you haven’t given it any thought at all.  Land succession can be a challenging thing to navigate, but there are resources to assist you.  Join Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District Wednesday, April 24 for a comfortable, informative session to get you started as you think about the future of your land.  The workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Somerset County Cooperative Extension meeting room, 7 County Dr. in Skowhegan.

Presenter Jessica Leahy is president of Maine Woodland Owners and a professor at the University of Maine School of Forest Resources. For this event, Jessica 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 some of the planning resources available..  A light dinner from The Bankery will be provided.

A $5 registration fee helps to offset costs of food.  Please register by April 22 by phone/text 207-679-7306 or email somersetswcd.outreach@gmail.com. Taking the First Steps is cosponsored by the Upper Kennebec Chapter of the Maine Woodland Owners.

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Apple Tree Pruning Workshop (2nd offering)
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop (2nd offering)

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please note this workshop is filled to capacity and we have closed registration. If you are registered and no longer plan to attend, please let us know so that others may participate. Thank you and see you on Saturday for a great morning of learning!

Want to learn how to prune those apple trees in your yard or brush up on your pruning skills? If so, then come out to the Yankee Woodlot adjacent to the Cooperative Extension in Skowhegan where apple tree enthusiast Joe Dembeck will discuss methods and tools used to prune apple trees in order to increase their viability and production. After a brief overview participants will then head outdoors to learn and test their skills pruning apple trees. Dress warmly as we will venture outdoors for this event. Feel free to bring your own pruning equipment if you like. There will be pruning poles/saws, hand saws, loppers, etc. to try.

Advanced registration is required and space limited to 20 participants. To register or FMI, e-mail SomersetSWCD.outreach@gmail.com or 207-679-7306.

Co-sponsored by Somerset County SWCD, Maine Woodland Owners - Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter and Somerset County Cooperative Extension and Maine Forest Service.

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Apple Tree Pruning Workshop
Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

  • Somerset County Cooperative Extension (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

AS OF FEBRUARY 18, WE HAVE ROOM AVAILABLE FOR FOUR MORE PARTICIPANTS. REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT!

Want to learn how to prune those apple trees in your yard or brush up on your pruning skills? If so, then come out to the Yankee Woodlot adjacent to the Cooperative Extension in Skowhegan where apple tree enthusiast Joe Dembeck will discuss methods and tools used to prune apple trees in order to increase their viability and production. After a brief overview participants will then head outdoors to learn and test their skills pruning apple trees. Dress warmly as we will venture outdoors for this event. Feel free to bring your own pruning equipment if you like. There will be pruning poles/saws, hand saws, loppers, etc. to try.

Advanced registration is required and space limited to 20 participants. To register or FMI, e-mail SomersetSWCD.outreach@gmail.com or 207-679-7306.

Co-sponsored by Somerset County SWCD, Maine Woodland Owners - Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter and Somerset County Cooperative Extension and Maine Forest Service.

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Local Working Group Meeting
Jan
24
1:30 PM13:30

Local Working Group Meeting

The Local Working Group is composed of those interested in agriculture, private forests, wetlands, and wildlife within Somerset County. The group provides information, assistance, and recommendations to the District Conservationist of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on local natural resource priorities and criteria for matters relating to the implementation and technical aspects of conservation programs funded under the USDA Farm Bill.

This meeting is hosted by the Somerset County SWCD. We encourage the public to attend. For more information, phone 207-474-8323 x3.

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Taking the First Steps: Building a Plan for the Future of Your Land
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Taking the First Steps: Building a Plan for the Future of Your Land

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 info@piscataquisswcd.org.

Taking the First Steps is cosponsored by the Central Maine Chapter of the Maine Woodland Owners.

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