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

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

  • Somerset County Cooperative Extension (map)
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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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Apr
24
5:30 PM17:30

SAVE THE DATE. LANDOWNER LEGACY WORKSHOP

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.

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Forestry for the Birds
Jun
22
9:30 AM09:30

Forestry for the Birds

  • Somerset County Cooperative Extension (map)
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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

Timber management with the birds in mind! More details to come.

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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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