Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District is looking to fill 2 Supervisor positions this year; one elected position and one appointed position. Both are three-year terms. The District is also looking for people to assist as Board Associates.
Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District is a non-regulatory subdivision of ME State Government, governed by a locally elected volunteer Boards of Supervisors. The District’s mission is to promote the conservation and stewardship of soil, water, woodlands, and wildlife habitat through outreach education, technical services, and partnerships for the rural and urban communities of Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties. The volunteer board of Supervisors and Associates is responsible for providing direction, guidance, and oversight to the staff to fulfill this mission.
The Board is comprised of five supervisors (3 elected and 2 appointed), each serving overlapping three-year terms along with several Associates. Supervisors and Associates are local residents with careers or interest in farming, forestry, wildlife, urban ecology, conservation enthusiasts, and supporters with an interest in aiding their communities. The board also seeks members with experience in accounting, education, food access/justice, grant writing, engineering, and community advocacy. If you are interested in learning more about AVSWD and serving on our Board as either an Associate or Supervisor please contact Emma Lorusso at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-241-5374.
Are you a landowner, woodlot owner, or farmer? Are you interested in applying for NRCS funding next year to accomplish larger projects that help you and are good for the environment? Would you like to participate in deciding how money is distributed throughout Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties?
We want your input!
We will discuss 2023 USDA NRCS programs and make decisions on where to prioritize funding for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties. This is a great time to learn about new NRCS cost-share programs and meet other local residents who want to protect natural resources in Androscoggin & Sagadahoc Counties.
Snacks and drink provided by Androscoggin Valley Soil & Water Conservation District.
Registration is requested but not required. To register please call the AVSWCD at (207) 241-5374 or emailing email@example.com. Help us know how much food to order by registering!
Leaf Peeping Paddle
Monday, Oct 10th CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN (sorry for the inconvenience) Camp Gustin, Sabbatus Enjoy the beauty of Autumn from a different perspective…on the water! Join AVSWCD Project Director Emma Lorusso for a morning paddle on Loon Pond. Camp Gustin and the adjoining land was recently purchased by Androscoggin Land Trust, this beautiful campground and delicate wetlands and shoreland is a treasure for recreation in Androscoggin County. Let's get out there and enjoy it! We will discuss some of the science behind the Autumnal color change, point out any wildlife we might see, learn how to identify the trees based on their color and more! It will be a great time to just get out on the water and enjoy the day.
Please bring your own kayak or canoe. Rain cancels. REGISTRATION REQUESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED.
Forestry Workshop: BMPs to Protect Water Quality on Haul Roads and Skid Trails Wednesday, Oct 5th 9am-3pm USDA Office 254 Goddard Road, Lewiston
This workshop is designed for foresters and loggers and includes indoor presentations and an outdoor session. The workshop will focus on the Fundamental BMPs with an emphasis on controlling the flow of water and minimizing/stabilizing exposed mineral soil. Lunch provided to attendees.
The content was developed by the Maine Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Maine Forest Service as a level one BMP training.
This session is pending approval for the following continuing education credits: SAF = Category 1 credits CLP = day certification This workshop is sponsored by Maine SFI, Irving Woodlands, The Appalachian Mountain Club, Weyerhaeuser and the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District. These workshops are provided through the partnership of the Maine SFI and the Maine Forest Service. Registration is required. This event has passed.
Preserving the Harvest A Hands-On Food Preservation Workshop Tuesday, October 4th 4pm-6pm Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston
Ever wonder how to preserve all those great fall apples? This hands-on food preservation workshop taught by UMaine Extension volunteers and staff will teach you the basic steps for canning and freezing applesauce. Participants will receive a "Preserving the Harvest" food preservation packet, and will learn recommended methods for preserving apples, the latest and safest recipes, about equipment to insure safety and how to check for properly sealed jars. Please bring a potholder with you to the workshop.
Registration is required, to register please contact the Lewiston Library.
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Find Us At:
254 Goddard Rd Lewiston, Me 04240
Project Director, Emma Lorusso (207) 241-5374 firstname.lastname@example.org