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The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has reached a historic milestone – 70 years as part of the community. The staff and Board of Directors at the PCSWCD are hosting a 70th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 27th at the South Sangerville Grange. The festivities will begin at 4 PM and will include a social hour and networking, a local, seasonal dinner, guest speakers including the Maine Association of Conservation Districts Executive Director Tom Gordon, cultural heritage displays and much more. They will also present Dawna Blackstone, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Regional Education Coordinator with the 2014 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year Award.
The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District was formed in 1944 to protect the soil and water in this region of Maine, and since that time they have grown to help protect and manage all of the county’s natural resources. Their vision is of an ecologically stronger Maine, with healthy soils, pristine water, sustainable forests and agriculture, and informed and involved conservation-minded residents.
Today, they are involved with educational programming in Piscataquis County schools and host a growing list of annual educational events. They maintain two public outdoor educational sites, the Demonstration Forest in Williamsburg and the Law Farm in Dover-Foxcroft, and are a leader in teaching youth about forestry and agriculture in the area through successful coordination of educational opportunities for youth, schools and families. They serve Piscataquis County landowners by educating and connecting them with information and plans of action, for concerns pertaining to natural resource conservation, agriculture and forestry. They provide technical trainings and programming for licensed foresters, farmers, teachers, students, contractors, lake and road associations and municipalities. Together, the PCSWCD and their partners deliver conservation work efficiently and effectively through the sharing of resources.
For more information or to RSVP to the 70th Anniversary Celebration, please contact the staff at the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District by calling 564-2321 extension 3, sending an email to info@piscataquisswcd.org, or by stopping by the office in the Pine Crest Business Park at the USDA Service Center.