Forestry

It’s Time for the Oxford County Register of Big Trees search!

The Oxford County Register of Big Trees

If you would like more information on the contest, an entry form or an updated list of the 66 Native Maine Trees and County Champions, please email oxfordcountyswcd@gmail.com, or contact Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District at 744-33119. To see all 66 of the native Maine trees, or to get your entry form, click below.
Click here Entry form
Click here for the Current Oxford County Registry of Big Trees List 2018 Tree List

Skidder Bridge Rental 

Do you need to cross a stream on a timber harvest? Using a temporary skidder bridge can be an excellent way to cross a stream in an environmentally sensitive way.
The Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District rents steel bridges to loggers for use on logging operations. The rental fee is $75/mo.
Steel bridges are 25’ long and come in a set of three 4’ wide panels weighing approximately 3800 pounds each.
To check on bridge availability give us a call: (207) 743-5789 X101
Technical advice and assistance on installation of temporary stream crossings is available from Maine Forest Service district foresters. Here in Oxford County your District Forester is Merle Ring (207) 441-3276
Click here to download the Skidder Bridge Rental Contract Skidder BridgeRental Contract

Invasive Forest Pest Outreach

 In 2016, Maine Soil & Water Conservation Districts received a grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) to present programs for the Invasive Forest Pest Outreach Project – as well as displays at fairs and other events – in 12 priority counties: Androscoggin/Sagadahoc, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox/Lincoln, Franklin, Oxford, Somerset, Waldo and York. This year we have expanded that outreach to the entire state.

The following activities are covered under the grant and are available to you.

  • Workshops, trainings, and/or walk & talks targeted at local landowners and forest professionals throughout the state in conjunction, when possible, with Invasive Species and/or EAB awareness weeks. – Public Service Announcements will be provided to radio and news outlets in advance of these events to generate greater awareness of the threats to our forests and woodlots from invasive forest pests. (Also, Facebook posts, websites, local papers, etc)
  • Invasive species displays at local events and fairs
  • Municipal outreach through the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) and local municipal associations for municipal officials, public works department personnel and other local government officials through prepared folders and/or regional meetings to provide strategies and draft management plans to address invasive forest pests in their communities.
  • Invasive Forest Pest Information Packets (to be made available at district events/offices) will be produced in all 16 conservation districts in Maine to significantly expand statewide outreach throughout the year.

For more information or to schedule a presentation or event in your area, please contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District Office.

Field Trip to Concord, NH 

In October of 2017 members from several Maine Soil & Water Conservation Districts traveled to the area around Concord, New Hampshire to see the damage done by Emerald Ash Borer. We first toured a shopping mall in the downtown area whose perimeter had been planted with Ash trees- all were damaged and dying (top). We then visited some other areas where the EAB pupa was readily in evidence after being scraped with a draw shave (bottom). The impact on the community was certainly in the hundreds of thousands of dollars but the loss of the Ash goes way beyond the dollars lost. This was a sobering, eye-opening view of the damage done by one small forest pest.

Information for Maine Landowners, Maine Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry  28_eab_info_for_me_landowners_new (1)

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