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Conservation District Mapping Services Available for Professionals and for Landowners

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District offers landowners, foresters, municipalities and the public the service of creating aerial maps of their properties. The PCSWCD uses different overlays including soils information, federal and state wildlife, endangered and threatened species, and topographic information such as geography, watersheds and other natural features to enhance the aerial photos. The PCSWCD can also generate soil data reports.

The service is offered at the cost of $37.50 per hour with a minimum charge of half an hour. Please contact Lynn Lubas, Technical Coordinator, at (207)564-2321, extension 3 or at madeline.lubas@me.nacdnet.net for more information about this valuable service for professionals and for landowners in this region.

MOFGA Low Impact Forestry Workshop Coming to Piscataquis County

It is not uncommon for landowners in Piscataquis County to own several acres of woodland. There are a variety of options for these residents to manage their woodlots and over the years, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has worked to provide educational programming on techniques and practices that can be used to better and profit from their woodlots. The PCSWCD is excited to be partnering with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association to host their Introduction to Low Impact Forestry Workshop at the Law Farm public land, offering yet another informative workshop to help landowners better manage their woodlots.

The Introduction to Low Impact Forestry workshop will be held on Thursday, August 31st with a rain date of Friday, September 1st. The workshop is designed for stewards of small or large woodlots who are interested in safely developing a set of skills to cut and harvest wood products in an ecologically sound tradition. This workshop is intended to bring participants up to speed on low impact forestry principles and practices. Topics in this workshop will include silviculture, woodland ecology, soils, tree identification, an overview of logging equipment, legal considerations of forestry activities, minimizing residual stand damage, creating management plans and much more. This course is equivalent to MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry 101 course and counts as a pre-requisite needed to take their Low Impact Forestry comprehensive workshop, which takes place in November.

The Introduction to Low Impact Forestry workshop will be taught by a dynamic team of foresters, landowners, loggers and natural resource experts. Participants will come away from this course with information on how to sustainably harvest and manage their woodlots. This workshop is a great option for small farmers, homesteaders and landowners looking to better utilize their woodlots.

Registration for this workshop will go through the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and is required to attend. The registration fee for this comprehensive workshop is $50 and $45 for MOFGA members, which includes a catered lunch. For more information and to register for this workshop, please contact the PCSWCD at (207) 564-2321 extension 3, info@piscataquisswcd.org.

  • The Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Board meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month.  Members of the public are encouraged to join in natural resource stewardship in our community through the conservation district’s volunteer opportunities and through joining the board of supervisors.

    Do you have an interest in natural resource conservation? Would you like to work as part of a diverse team of community leaders to drive conservation education, soil and water conservation programs for farmers, landowners and foresters, and support an integral organization in our community? Contact our Executive Director, Joanna Tarrazi, for more information about volunteer opportunities and open positions on the board.

Register today using the form below for any of these upcoming events!

You may mail your payment to: PCSWCD, USDA Service Center, 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, or stop by our office at this same address.