Knox-Lincoln, Kennebec and Waldo Soil and 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 in January 2022.

Taking into account local resource concerns, the Local Working Groups make recommendations to NRCS on how to spend USDA Farm Bill funds for conservation practices on private lands. This year’s meetings will be held via Zoom as follows: Kennebec-Lincoln will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Knox-Waldo will meet on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Anyone who is an agricultural producer; forester, logger or private woodland owner; member of an environmental or watershed organization or land trust; knowledgeable in soil, water, plant, wetland or wildlife sciences; and/or familiar with agricultural and natural resource concerns in Knox or Waldo counties, is invite to attend this meeting to 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 meetings, please contact your local soil and water conservation district for the meeting link: Knox-Lincoln: Julie at 596-2040, julie@knox-lincoln.org; Waldo: Medea, 218-5311, msteinman@maineconservationdistricts.com; or Kennebec: Dale at 480-3927, ext. 3, dfinseth@kcswcd.org. Those unable to attend you may send comments to their local soil and water conservation district. For more information about local working groups, visit knox-lincoln.org/local-working-group.