Thank You Students!

Our technical director Laura Suomi-Lecker enjoys sharing her love of birds as a volunteer with Avian Haven. A recent grammar school visit netted the most wonderful thank you cards. Hats off to the staff and students of Thomaston Elementary! On Dec. 14 Laura travels to Hampden Academy to share her Unleaded Loons presentation with the environmental science class, which is studying a water quality unit to finish the year.


Conservation District Seeks Public Input on Services

SKOWHEGAN – The Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting a brief survey of Somerset County residents and landowners to assist in the development of programs and services.  Everyone who completes the survey will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $100 gift card at Campbell’s Agway-True Value. 

The survey will take just five (5) to ten (10) minutes to complete but will inform District programs and services for the coming years.   All residents and landowners of Somerset County are encouraged to complete the brief online survey, located at  To request a paper copy, visit the Somerset County SWCD at 70 East Madison Rd. in Skowhegan, email or call 207-679-7306. 

Education and Outreach are at the core of the District’s mission. Through these avenues the District provides farmers, woodland owners and residents with information and techniques that protect the soil, water and natural resources of Somerset County.  Currently the District provides a host of educational workshops and outreach events that cover topics ranging from forestry management, pollinator habitat planning, wildlife habitat, soil health, and invasive plant/forest pest species.  Nearly all these efforts have partners that may include state agencies, federal agencies, nonprofits, Maine Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and other Districts.

Annually the District endeavors to provide diverse and numerous activities desired by the different groups that it serves.  Programs that are successful are repeated in following years, while those that are not, are reworked or replaced by new programs.  Survey participants will be assisting the District to better focus programs and services for Somerset County residents.

For more information about current programs and services, visit the Somerset County SWCD on Facebook, online at or call 207-474-8323.


District Supervisor Elections

Persons desiring to run for the office of District Supervisor for the Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District should contact the District office at 70 East Madison Road, Skowhegan ME 04976, telephone (207) 474-8323, to obtain nomination papers. Nomination papers must be received at the District office no later than October 26, 2018. Persons wishing to vote in the election of District Supervisor must contact the District to receive a ballot.

Persons who desire to run for office of Supervisor must be a resident registered voter residing within the boundaries of the Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District. All registered voters within the boundaries of the Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District are eligible to vote.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the District.

Local Partnership Nets National Grant Award

SKOWHEGAN, ME – A winged ally of Maine farmers is the focus of a new partnership between the Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Damariscotta River Association. 

A $5,000 grant from the 2018 Cornell Land Trust Small Grants Program will support the Ag Allies program, a project to educate Maine citizens and work with local farmers and land trusts to provide much-needed safe nesting habitat for steeply declining populations of grassland bird species.  Read more