Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District
17 Olson Road, Suite 3
South Paris ME 04281
Our office is currently staffed only one day per week. You can reach Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our monthly Board of Supervisors Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 4:30. All of our meetings are held on Zoom and are open to the public. If you’d like to listen in please contact Michele for the Zoom link info. Stay Healthy!
News from OCSWCD:
With the retirement of Jeannie, our Outreach and Education Coordinator, we are now down to one staff person. Due to Covid-19 restrictions on staff in our office at the USDA Service Center, we have been unable to fill position but we hope to advertise and interview for it by May. We will post the position opening and the job description here and several other locations at that time. Anyone interested in the position may request information ahead of time by contacting Michele Windsor at her email address. Until we fill the Outreach and Education Coordinator position there are some programs that will not be held this year, among them: the Native Conservation Plant Sale, Agriculture and Conservation Education Day at Waterford and Oxford Fairs, and our spring workshops. The Southwestern Maine Regional Envirothon may be cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns but a virtual event for the students is in the works.
Even though the office is lightly staffed you can still reach us by leaving a message at the following number
District Manager, Michele Windsor 744-3111
2021 Board of Supervisors
(officers are elected on a yearly basis)
Merle Ring, President
Gary Hill, Vice President
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2020 Annual Report 2020 Annual Report
The History of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Soil and Water Conservation Districts arose as a result of the environmental disaster of the 1930’s known as the “Great Dust Bowl”. This event brought the nation’s attention to the fact that soil is a precious natural resource as it takes approximately 100 years for only 1 inch of topsoil to form. During the 1930’s, farmers were losing about 3 to 5 inches of topsoil per year due to poor farming practices and dry windy conditions. Soils were being carried away by wind and deposited hundreds of miles away. As this life-giving soil literally rained down on Washington D.C., there was a federal call to action by soil scientist Hugh Hammond Bennett to create laws to provide the basis for local conservation districts. The Districts worked with local farmers, connecting them to valuable federal government programs designed to help them adopt practices which aided in soil and water conservation. Maine joined in by ratifying the authorizing legislation in 1941 to establish Soil & Water Conservation Districts in every county in the state. Today, we are losing topsoil to erosion at the rate of about 5 tons per acre a year, or about the thickness of a dime. The function of conservation districts was, and still is, to address the needs within the district for maintaining or improving soil and water quality.