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, and Jeannie at oxfordcountyswcd@gmail.com.

Our September Board of Supervisors Meeting will be held September 15th at 4:30. All of our meetings are open to the public. If you’d like to listen in please contact Michele for the info. Stay Healthy!


Project/Program Manager, Michele Windsor 744-3111
Education & Outreach Coordinator, Jean E. Federico 744-3119

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Welcome to our 2020 Board of Supervisors! 


Merle Ring, President

Gary Hill, Vice President

Arlan Jodrey

Linda Hooker

Michael Richard

Associate Supervisors

Rick Micklon

Carl Costanzi

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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.

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  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!

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