--The 2013 Maine Envirothon State competition was on May 23rd at Bowdoin
College. The team from Piscataquis High School took first place and will be
representing Maine at the International Competition in Bozeman, MT this August.
Wish them luck.
The members of the team
(l to r): Ben Maines, Rebecca
Grant, Emily Northup, and Coach Heather Doherty.
Absent from photo are Logan
Sargent and Jeremy Bell.
Congratulations to the team from Mt. Ararat in 2nd
place and Spruce Mt. in 3rd place.
Maine DEP has modified their website. We have posted a list of the modified
links on our "Useful Links"
you are looking for gravel/camp road materials,
you want permit information, including the Permit by Rule [PBR]
general resource page at the Maine DEP website includes all kinds of reference
material. They have an excellent selection of manuals and technical guides.
Select that DEP page here.
Here at the
Kennebec District --
** We continue doing Gravel Road Plans
throughout the County for road groups..
**We have started the Togus Pond 319 watershed grant.
A couple road plans are currently being written and we are meeting with both the
Togus Pond Association and others later in June..
Dale's garden update --
Dale's Garden Page
--- With all of our hot weather and good rain the
vegetation has exploded...
-- The compost got to about 165 for a week
or two but has cooled to about 110.
--- Lilacs & Fothergilla [see at right] are
nearly gone but the late lilac still smell great..
--- The first Tree Peonie has bloomed but the
other regular Peonies will not start until later this week.
-- Even a couple early Day Lily are
preparing to bloom. And it is only the first week of June.
-- Three of my four Hawthorn have bloomed.
-- The fruit trees look very good. Perhaps
some of that fruit will develop and I'll get some to eat.
-- The Fragrant Abelia just started to
bloom. I highly recommend it for a long lasting and fragrant perennial which has
very nice flowers.
For local weather information you may want to check
for very local information and history
may purchase from the tree and shrub bank!!!
If you are thinking about planting from the leftovers, take a look at the list from Dale's Garden
take a look at the list here.
There are a number of plants good for buffer planting.
It is a good time
to focus on your soils for the coming year. A simple
list for soil improvement is 1) enhance organic material, 2) prevent soil
compaction, 3) avoid excess tillage, 4) manage pests & nutrients EFFICIENTLY, 5)
keep the ground covered [cover crops] and 6) diversify your crops. For a
good discussion of soil improvement check out the following.
here for the specific article.
planning buffers and other ways to control erosion and stormwater damage on property and along shorefront,
check out the
Conservation Fact Sheets
and other information
at the Maine DEP
website or the Portland Water
District website. Both of these websites have more than just the Fact
Sheets for information you may find useful.
Calendar of Events/Workshops and other opportunities.
click here for events to keep on your calendar for the