Workshops/Photo Contest

Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District is sponsoring a series of late winter/spring workshops.

      Join us on Saturday, April 14th for the Private Pond Construction & Trout Stocking workshop!

2018 Private Pond Construction & Trout Stocking Workshop

On Saturday, April 14th there will be a Private Pond Construction and Trout Stocking Workshop held at the Waterford Municipal Building, located at 366 Valley Road in Waterford. Whether you already have a private pond that’s not functioning as you’d like or are still in the planning stage, this class is for you. Beginning at 9 am Candace Gilpatric, Natural Resource Conservation Service Agricultural Engineer will lead a workshop on Ponds- Planning, Design and Construction. Some of the topics covered will include Water Needs, Safety Issues, Controlling Wildlife, Minimizing Erosion and Spillways.

 Sonny Pierce, of Shy Beaver Hatchery will then lead the next portion of the workshop and help you make sure your pond has what is needed to stock trout. Sonny spent his career with IF&W and will be happy to share his extensive knowledge of trout and trout habitat with you. Orders for delivery of Rainbow, Brown or Brook trout to private ponds are now being accepted and will be delivered directly to your pond by Pierce Associates/Shy Beaver Hatchery of West Buxton, Maine. A Permit to Stock from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is required and may be obtained by going to their website.

Both of these workshops are interesting, informative and will include plenty of time for individual questions and answers. The morning class time will end at noon and be followed by lunch and a field trip to a local private pond for a “walk and talk”. Check-in for the day is 8:30 -9 am. A registration fee of 20.00 per family for the day includes materials, snacks and lunch.  Pre-registration by April 10th is required. To register for the workshop, please call Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District at 744-3119, email, or stop by our office at 17 Olson Road, South Paris.

Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

For entry information click here:

2018 Photo Contest Entry info

For Photo Release form click here:

Photo Release Form for OCSWCD Photo Contest

Images that include people must have a Model Release Form:

2018 Photo Contest-modelRelease 

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All programs and activities of the Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District are offered on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital or family status, political belief, citizenship status, veteran’s status or disability.


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