Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District
17 Olson Road, Suite 3
South Paris ME 04281
Our monthly Board of Supervisors Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 4:30. Our Board Meetings are now back to being held in-person at the USDA Service Center as of July 2021. Any change in our meeting schedule, or if meeting remotely via Zoom, will be announced here. Anyone wishing to attend the meetings in-person are currently required to wear a mask unless they are fully vaccinated. Get vaccinated! Stay Healthy!
News from OCSWCD:
We have a NEW Education & Outreach Coordinator!!!!! The District is proud to announce that Chantelle Hay will be joining our team starting in late July. Chantelle has a strong background in Conservation and program coordination having served in multiple positions in the Maine Conservation Corps program. She is passionate, driven and eager to start bringing some new ideas and programs to the District. We also look forward to her bringing back to life some of our traditional programs and events that have been sidelined by the COVID crisis. Welcome Chantelle! We’re so Happy to have you aboard!
Our staff will still continue to do some of their work from home or in the field. You can still reach us by email or by leaving a message at the following numbers:
District Manager, Michele Windsor 744-3111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Education & Outreach Coordinator, Chantelle Hay 744-3116 Email: email@example.com
2021 Board of Supervisors
(officers are elected to 3 year terms 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 creating 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.