Knox-Lincoln, Kennebec and Waldo Soil & Water Conservation Districts in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service field offices in Belfast and Augusta, will host virtual meetings of the Knox-Waldo and Kennebec-Lincoln Local Working Groups.

Taking into account local resource concerns, these Local Working Groups make recommendations to NRCS on how to spend 2021 USDA Farm Bill funds for conservation practices on private lands. This year’s Knox-Waldo meeting will be held on Zoom Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Agricultural producers; foresters, loggers or private woodland owners; members of an environmental or watershed organization or land trust and individuals knowledgeable in soil, water, plant, wetland or wildlife sciences; and/or are familiar with agricultural and natural resource concerns in Knox or Waldo counties are invited to attend this meeting. They will help identify and prioritize local conservation concerns and recommend how local funds for USDA Environmental Quality Incentive Programs will be distributed by NRCS to alleviate problems.

Meetings may be attended online or by phone. To attend either of these meeting contact the local soil & water conservation district for the meeting link. In Knox-Lincoln counties, contact Julie at 596-2040, julie@knox-lincoln.org. In Waldo County, contact Tom at 338-1964, tmullin@maineconservationdistricts.com. The public can send comments to the local soil & water conservation district. For more information, visit knox-lincoln.org.local-working-group.