Events Calendar

Registration Open for a Fantastic Opportunity for Youth to Enjoy the Outdoors!


 


Summer in Maine – short, sweet and so much to do! For several years, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has been a leader in providing quality youth programming year-round.  Starting in 2014, the District staff along with our partners at the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) developed a fantastic summer youth program, the Teen Wilderness Expedition.

The Teen Wilderness Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night trip for ages 12-16 to AMC’s Medawisla Lodge, from Tuesday, July 11th to Thursday, July 13th. On this trip, youth will get a chance to explore all Medawisla has to offer, all while enjoying fun outdoor recreational activities and experiencing the diverse and expansive natural resources that we depend on in Piscataquis County.

The PCSWCD and AMC’s have worked together to develop a fun and engaging program that offers something to peak everyone’s interest. There will be fishing and hiking for the outdoor enthusiast, leadership skills building games, outdoor skills building, ample time to relax, kayak or swim with friends along the sunny shores of Second Roach Pond where it meets the Roach River, and so much more. If the activities alone weren’t enough to entice you, youth will love the delicious family-style meals, clean and spacious cabins and the overall experience of staying at one of AMC’s famous wilderness lodges. This experience is truly a trip of a lifetime and is always enjoyed by the youth that join us each year. The registration fee covers the cost of all the gear and equipment needed to participate in activities, meals, snacks and the overnight stays at this incredible lodge.

This program also provides youth with an opportunity to explore various careers in the field of natural resource conservation. They will be guided through activities by PCSWCD staff, AMC staff, naturalists, resource professionals and skilled volunteers with experience working in these fields. The vast natural resources in Piscataquis County provide countless job opportunities and exploring these natural treasures inspires youth who naturally engage with the outdoors to consider future careers in these fields. The Three Rivers Kiwanis of Milo is a sponsor of this exciting program for teens!

If you have a child ages 12-16 who would like to join us for this fun outdoor adventure, please contact the PCSWCD for registration information at (207) 564-2321 ext. 3, info@piscataquisswcd.org or stop by our office at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. 

We will see you at the 2017 Teen Wilderness Expedition!  

Join us for a Dynamic Pond Construction & Maintenance Workshop!

 


 


Have you been dreaming about adding a pond to your property? Perhaps you would like a place to stock trout, enjoy wildlife, to take a dip on a hot summer day or even have a water source for agricultural needs. If a pond is what you desire then join the staff of the Somerset and Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation Districts for a Pond Construction and Maintenance Workshop on Friday, June 9th!

This workshop will provide participants with a complete plan for how to properly construct and maintain a pond on their property. Presenters will address design concepts, basis pond engineering, pond biology, maintenance and much more.

The Pond Construction and Maintenance Workshop will be held in Dover-Foxcroft from 9:30AM to 3PM. There will be a morning classroom session, followed by field visits to two ponds built and maintained for different purposes. This workshop will start out with presentations from Scott Carter and Lori Richter, USDA NRCS engineers, Joe Dembeck, executive director of the Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District and Jim Beyer of the Maine DEP. Scott and Lori will cover engineering and design details for constructing a pond for various property types and uses. Following that presentation, participants will hear from Joe Dembeck about pond biology, pond maintenance and much more. The morning classroom session will conclude with a brief yet complete overview of the permits required to add a pond to your property. Each of these presentations will provide information and techniques that will then be discussed and shown during the afternoon in-field portion of this workshop.

Over the past several years, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has received several requests for this workshop and we are happy to provide landowners with this valuable information. For more information or to register for the Pond Construction and Maintenance Workshop, please contact the PCSWCD at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, by phone at (207) 564-2321 extension 3, or by email at info@piscataquisswcd.org.

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.

  • 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.