The Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District recently participated in Conservation District Day at the Statehouse Hall of Flags in Augusta.

All of the conservation districts in Maine work together and are members of the Maine Association of Conservation Districts. Each individual district has the unique ability to set important natural resource priorities and guide their implementation at the local level with help from a volunteer board of supervisors. By working with landowners, organizations and government, Maine’s 16 districts have helped to protect soil, water, forestry, wildlife and other natural resources for more than 60 years.

Conservation District Day at the Statehouse gave districts an opportunity to outline the conservation technical assistance and education that they provide to landowners, businesses, schools and municipalities. Numerous state legislators stopped into the Hall of Flags to visit with district staff and discuss local conservation issues. The districts value the event as it allows them to show how they are making conservation work for local residents.

Soil and water conservation districts were formed in response to the 1935 natural disaster known as the Dust Bowl. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was faced with the immense task of protecting soil and water resources, and so helped devise a model grassroots system to meet those urgent needs. The grassroots model became one of the success stories of modern conservation.

For more information, contact the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District at 273-2005 ext. 101 or visit knox-lincoln.org.