September 2021 Workshops
“Getting your Forestland into NRCS Programs” Thursday, Sept. 16, 3:30-5:30 pm
Join the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District, NRCS, and Maine Woodland Owners Western Maine Chapter at the Tenmile River Demonstration Forest in Brownfield, Maine for this event about NRCS programs available to woodland owners. NRCS District Conservationist Luis Aponte, will present information about several NRCS programs specifically aimed at forest conservation. Find out how they work and how they can benefit woodland owners by providing assistance to landowners to implement forest conservation practices. Participants will learn about program requirements, how the different programs work, and how NRCS programs can benefit woodland owners, as well as support local and regional conservation efforts. Mike Richard and Merle Ring will discuss how working with a forester can help landowners navigate the process of qualifying and get enrolled.
The program will be held outdoors in-person, following current Covid guidance, at the Tenmile River Demonstration Forest in Brownfield/ Hiram. The program will be FREE but pre-registration is required by contacting the Oxford County SWCD via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tenmile River Demonstration Forest is a 324-acre parcel owned and managed by the Oxford County SWCD for education purposes. It focuses on managing forests sustainably in ways that compliment and protect wildlife habitat and water resources. It is located off Notch Road on the Hiram/Brownfield town line and is open to the public for hiking, nature walks, geocaching, berry picking, and other passive outdoor recreational activities.
Directions: From Fryeburg, travel south on Rt. 5 through Brownfield center. About 6 miles south of the intersection of Rt. 160 and Rt. 5, take a Right on the Notch Road. At about 2.5 miles you will see directional signage and a green gate on the right where parking is available. (You can also enter “Tenmile River Demonstration Forest” into Google maps on your phone and it will guide you there.)
Winners of the 2020 OCSWCD Photo Contest
We had some beautiful photos entered this year! It seems lots of folks were spending time enjoying nature. It was a difficult choice but the winner and honorable mention photos are displayed below.
1st Place Winner ~ Weathering the Storm by Tabitha Clowater
Honorable Mention ~ Swallowtail on Lilac by Deb Berman
Honorable Mention ~ Blue Skies, Rumford White Cap by Allie Burke
Honorable Mention ~Life’s Reflection by Jared Hansen
We have no workshops scheduled at this time but are currently working on some for the late spring through fall and will update you as soon as we have specifics!
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.