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Free Road and Stream Crossings Workshop

Posted May 08, 2012, at 9:06 a.m.

Piscataquis County SWCD hosts a free forestry workshop series

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Maine Forest Service (MFS) are hosting a series of three free forestry workshops during May and June 2012.

The third workshop will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, from 9 am until 3:30 pm and will highlight Road and Stream Crossings. The workshop will start at the American Legion Post 92 at 75 Railroad Ave. in Brownville Jct. NRCS District Conservationist Dave Power will speak about NRCS’ financial and technical assistance programs and Best Management Practices as they relate to road and stream crossings. There will be a power point presentation by Ben Naumann, NRCS Fisheries Biologist and Keith Kanoti, Maine Forest Service Water Resources Forester. After the indoor session, the group will travel to Mike Carroll’s property in Williamsburg. Maine Forester Kirby Ellis will talk about the Best Management Practices that were implemented on the property. The group will then move to PCSWCD’s Demonstration Forest in Williamsburg to see a recently installed bridge. If time allows the group may move to a site at Schoodic Lake to see an open arch culvert that was previously installed near a wetland and the lake.

If you are a small woodlot owner, camp owner, lake or road association, logger, or forester, and interested in learning about programs and services available to help you help your forest, then you may be interested in one or more of these workshops. You will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about USDA programs, through which you may be eligible to receive technical and financial assistance, and to see conservation practices at work. Financial assistance is available to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

Additional partners are Maine Central Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Leader Evaporator.

These workshops are free to the public. Preregistration is required. The outdoor sessions are not handicap accessible. There will be a shuttle available to bring people from the indoor workshops to the outdoor workshops, if need be. This is the third in a three workshop series. For more information check our website at www.piscataquisswcd.org. To preregister, and if you need special accommodations, please contact the office at info@piscataquisswcd.org or call 564-2321 extension 3 and ask for Shelia or Lynn, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm. You can also stop in at the USDA building in the Pine Crest Business Park, 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft.

PCSWCD, USDA/NRCS, and MFS are equal opportunity providers and employers

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