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Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District
17 Olson Road, Suite 3
South Paris ME 04281

Our office is currently not staffed but you can reach Michele at oxfordcountyswcd@outlook.com .

Our January Board of Supervisors Meeting will be held January 19th 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 info. Stay Healthy!

News from OCSWCD:

Good Morning,
As December arrives this year there is much to worry about and loved ones to grieve. I have just received news of the death of an old friend, even as news of a vaccine brings light at the end of the tunnel. I’m feeling that the next few months will be the true test of our strength, so this is my Christmas wish for all of you ~ Clarity to see the truth in all the buzz that surrounds us, Peace to help family and friends cope, Tenacity to hang in there until the light at the end of the tunnel becomes a reality and Love to bind us all together against adversity.
   This year will bring another big change in my life. I recently celebrated a big birthday and will be retiring at the end of this month. As with all of life’s changes it brings mixed feelings. I will miss all of the folks I’ve worked with over the past ten years and that includes all of you, but I’m excited for the future. I have a list a mile long of things I’ve put off for way too long and I can’t wait to spend time in my garden come spring!
   I’m sending along my last newsletter and it’s full of best wishes for all of the folks who received recognition from the District this year. It may have been a rough year but it wasn’t hard to find folks we needed to recognize.
And so, my friends, I’ll leave you with this –
May you always find three welcomes in life ~ in a garden during summer, at a hearth during winter and in the hearts of friends throughout all your years.
Jeannie

Please call the following number as of January 1st, 2021

Project/Program Manager, Michele Windsor 744-3111

 2020 Board of Supervisors

(officers are elected on a yearly basis)

Merle Ring, President

Gary Hill, Vice President

Arlan Jodrey

Linda Hooker

Michael Richard

Associate Supervisors

Rick Micklon

Carl Costanzi

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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.

2 thoughts on “Home

  1. Wondering if there might be some extra spruce or cedar seedlings left over from the sale? Thank you. Berwyn Wetter, 446.6144

    • Hi Berwyn,
      We use a pre-order system for our sale so there are no plants left over. The sale closed on April 25th, but if you got an order to me by email today I could probably squeeze it in? Thanks for getting in touch!
      Jeannie

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