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last edited 11/04/2014

Almost Halloween and no frost at my house in Gardiner.

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Hit Counter in 2013

   3,200 in 2013

  2,940 in 2012

  2,410 in 2011

   3,210 in 2010

   3,720 in 2009

   3,260 in 2008.

   3,930 in 2007.

   3,200 in 2006.

 

 

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Invasive Insects of Trees - New and Emerging Threats

Friday, November 7, 2014, 3:00 – 5:00 PM        Maine Lakes Resource Center, Belgrade Village

Come and learn about the insects that are threatening our street trees and forests; some already in Maine, like the hemlock woolly adelgid and the winter moth, and some not yet found, like the emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorned beetle.  These insects are causing widespread tree mortality in many other states.  Learn how to recognize them and the signs they leave on their host trees.  Early detection of these pests is critical to limiting their impacts. 

Presenters:     Lorraine Taft, Forest Pest Outreach Volunteer Coordinator

                        Karen Coluzzi, Entomologist - Exotic Pest Survey Coordinator

                                   Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

                                    Division of Animal and Plant Health

Co-Sponsor:   Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District

Register:         Dale Finseth, dale@kcswcd.org or 622-7847 x3

                        We will be taking donations to help be fray some of the costs.

                        Please pass this information on to others who may be interested.

                        Please register so we know how many to expect.

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The Kennebec SWCD Supervisor election is scheduled for November 25th. 

Clif Buuck is currently the only candidate on the ballot for Kennebec District Supervisor. Clif has been on the curren Board of Supervisors for a number of years. The new term starts January 1, 2015.

If you are interested in voting, either come into our office at 21 Enterprise Dr. Suite #1 in Augusta or contact us in order to receive an absentee ballow.  Either call Dale at    622-7847 x3 or e-mail him at Dale@kcswcd.org and he will get you a ballot.  

Voting closes on November 25th at the end of the business day.

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Regarding Soils -  The Kennebec District partnered with our surrounding SWCD's, the Extension Service and NRCS  to further demonstrate the advantages of practicing agriculture with a focus on soil health i.e. cover crops and no/low tillage practices.  The project started on September 1st. We will provide updates at we work on the project.

 

...and for those with a sense of humor you may want to watch this YouTube video/sound track. It's gotta bring a smile to your face, regardless of your attitude about "cover crops".    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibso8kirhZo&sns=em

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If you are interested in checking out some additional information, you may want to link to the following -

 

NRCS’ Soil Health Website (Gateway to a lot of resources; such as videos, articles, presentations, farmer testimony, etc):

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/soils/health/

 

Soil Health Webinars (Several one-hour informational talks on different Soil Health Topics):

http://www.conservationwebinars.net/

 

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The list of leftover trees is now current. We have already begun selling some so call or e-mail me to determine what is still left. See the link to current plant list below.

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The following links seem useful for others. The Maine DEP sent out a report with the following information that we thought others may find useful.

This year’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Report highlights 12 watershed projects completed in 2013. Over $1.5 million was spent to maintain and improve water quality, a drop in the bucket compared to the billions of dollars generated from Maine’s waters each year.

You can take action on your own land, and guide landowners in your community to these helpful resources:

 

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 Contractors now need to be "Certified" for shoreland zone work. While the State had extended time for contractors to have their BMP sites certified, that time is past. If you are doing work in the shoreline, your contractor needs to be "certified".  Check www.maine.gov/dep/land/training/    for more information. 

Or call or e-mail Bill Laflamme at  215-9237  or  william.n.laflamme@maine.gov

 

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The Maine DEP has modified their website. We have posted a list of the modified links on our "Useful Links" page.

If you are looking for gravel/camp road materials, go here.

If you want permit information, including the Permit by Rule [PBR] go here.

The 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.

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Here at the Kennebec District --

** We continue doing Gravel Road Plans throughout the County for road groups..

**The Togus Pond 319 watershed grant is making progress. We have completed two road plans and are currently and are meeting with landowners to review erosion problems. We met with the Togus Pond Association in June.

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Dale's garden update --    see Dale's Garden Page

--- It has been so warm that most of my annual flowers are still in bloom. I even had a daylily blooming on October 26th. It is sorta crazy!!!

--  The Bugbane [at right] bloomed heavily this fall and the bees were all over it.

--  The compost has stayed between 150-160°.  I've turned it and it hasn't yet fully reheated. With the lawn grass still growing, the lawn clippings are a great mix of nitrogen [green] and carbon [dead leaves]. The compost pile loves it.

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--- I've cut back my Seven Son shrub. Perhaps it will come back next spring. I'll have to wait and see. Not sure what happened to it.

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For local weather information you may want to check  www.WUnderground.com for very local information and history

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You may purchase from the tree and shrub bank!!! Now's the time to begin thinking about next spring's plantings. Our January newsletter will have our tree sale information.  If you are thinking about planting from the leftovers, take a look at the list from Dale's Garden Page, or 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.  Click here for the specific article.

 

When 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. For permit information.

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Calendar of Events/Workshops and other opportunities.

click here for events to keep on your calendar for the coming months

 

 

 

 

 

Kennebec SWCD;  21 Enterprise Dr. Suite #1; Augusta, ME  04330         207-622-7847 x3

 
 

The Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District is a Non-Profit Organization all proceeds from our fundraising efforts are used to promote conservation and the wise use of our natural resources. The Kennebec County SWCD is an equal opportunity provider and employer.