The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) along with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Maine Forest Service (MFS) recently held a free 3 part series of workshops for the public during May and June. The workshop topics were Thinning and Woodlot Enhancement, Maple Sugar Bush Management, and Road and Stream Crossings. Each workshop started with an indoor presentation on NRCS Best Management Practices (BMP’s) with emphasis on the practices that pertained to the topic of the day. Experts in forestry, water quality, fisheries, and maple sugar production were on hand to reinforce the need to implement those practices to prevent and correct natural resource concerns. The second part of each workshop was dedicated to field trips to see problem areas that need to be addressed and to highlight correct usage of BMP’s and the positive results achieved on the land. There were many questions answered about resource concerns in various types of woodlots, and road and stream crossings as well as erosion control concerns. If you are interested in finding out more about the programs available from PCSWCD or NRCS, contact them at the USDA building in the Pine Crest Business Park, 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft or call 564-2321 extension 3, Monday through Friday, 8am -4:30pm or at firstname.lastname@example.org. PCSWCD, NRCS and MFS are equal opportunity providers and employers.
A free forestry workshop series was held by PCSWCD, NRCS, and MFS