SEARSMONT — Knox County and Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service field office in Belfast, will host an in-person meeting of the Knox-Waldo Local Working Group Tuesday, Dec. 21, to which area stakeholders are invited.

Taking into account local resource concerns, Local Working Groups make recommendations to NRCS on how to spend USDA Farm Bill funds for conservation practices on private lands. The meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room at the Searsmont Town Office, 37 Main St. South.

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 is familiar with agricultural and natural resource concerns in Knox or Waldo counties, is urged to attend 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.

For more information, and to RSVP for attendance, contact the conservation district office for Waldo County: 218-5311, msteinman@maineconservationdistricts.com. Those unable to attend may send comments to the district at that email address.