Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Spring 2020 Education Newsletter


Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Spring 2020 Education Newsletter


Spring 2020 Education Newsletter from Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District, including COVID-19 message.







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Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Response to COVID-19
A Message from Kacey Weber, Educational Coordinator

Let’s take a moment to breathe together. This has been a challenging time. We are all doing what we can to keep ourselves and our communities healthy as we navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic. As things progress and change, we have all had to adapt and do so quickly. We should be proud of our collective response and continue to follow directives from national and state health officials and local leaders.

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District closed our physical office on March 13th at 4:30PM, in an effort to protect our valuable staff and constituents. Our office is closed until May 1st, opening on May 4th at 8AM, although this date is subject to change. Our entire staff is currently telecommuting and able to serve our customers, communicate with program presenters and participants and continue our valuable work. We have posted updates about and at the Law Farm—we encourage folks to utilize this public space, but to plan ahead and refrain from using the privy. We have also shared information about the Demonstration Forest, another public land owned and maintained by the PCSWCD. We hope these two public lands can provide a safe outdoor place to explore while social distancing.

As we progress through this, we have had to make changes to a number of our programs. For clarity, we have included a full list of our events, with updates and changes listed for each one. See page 3 for this list.

Both our Tree & Plant Sale and Trout Sale are still on. Since both sales are designed as pre-order sales, we feel that we will be able to manage pick-up days to ensure the safety of our customers. Orders for our Tree & Plant sale are due by April 15th and Trout Sale orders are due by May 18th, 2020. Tree & Plant Sale orders should be mailed with payment to 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 OR can be emailed to info@piscataquisswcd.org and paid via paypal - paypal.me/piscataquisswcd. This year, all plants available to order are sourced from three local, Maine farms—Checkerberry Farm in Parkman, Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft and North Branch Farm in Monroe. All three farms are following CDC guidelines and are working hard to ensure the safety and quality of the products you will order. FMI on the Tree & Plant Sale, including access to the full catalog and order form, visit our Tree & Plant sale page here: http://www.piscataquisswcd.org/tree-and-plant-sale/ . For the Trout Sale, customers with a valid State of Maine stocking and transporting permit can purchase 6-8 inch brook trout for $3/fish. Stocking private ponds provides both recreation and nutrition—a win, win! For Trout Sale information and ordering, visit our Trout Sale page here: http://www.piscataquisswcd.org/trout-sale/.

We want to thank you all for your continued support. Postponing events and not being able to carryout programming has had a deep impact on our organization. If you are able, we ask that you consider donating your registration fee if we need to reschedule a workshop, read about and consider being a Conservation Champion and stay in touch with us. We appreciate any support you are able to provide.

Stay well and safe, friends! Lynn Lubas, Technical Coordinator, Sarah Robinson, Executive Director, Kacey Weber, Educational Coordinator



Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District, “Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Spring 2020 Education Newsletter,” Heart of Maine Community Stories, accessed April 17, 2024, https://heartofmaine.omeka.net/items/show/115.

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