Public input sought on local conservation needs

14 years ago

Public input sought

on local conservation needs

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE — The Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District, headquartered in Presque Isle, is seeking the public’s assistance in completing a Natural Resource Issues Survey for the central Aroostook region.
    “Information from this survey will be used to evaluate current land uses, identify natural resource concerns, prioritize areas that require cooperative efforts to solve and obtain funding for cost-share programs,” said Ben Lynch, director of the CASWCD. 

     All who are interested in environmental issues are encouraged to participate.
      “Whether a large landowner, an avid outdoor enthusiast, a home gardener or someone who simply enjoys seeing the natural environment used wisely, you are invited to respond,” said Lynch.
      Data gathered will help officials plan for the future.
   “Information gathered from this survey will be incorporated into a comprehensive natural resource assessment for the state of Maine, the foundation of which the District will base future plans and programs,” explained Lynch.
       In order for these programs and goals to be successful, Lynch said the District is employing a locally-led approach.
      “The District is currently enlisting help from local stakeholders to identify natural resource issues as these individuals are best suited to identify and resolve natural resource problems occurring in the central Aroostook region,” he said.
    For nearly 60 years, the CASWCD has been serving the land use needs of area residents, particularly local farmers.
       “Since the District was organized in 1942, it has concentrated its goals on realizing the needs of central Aroostook residents for sound land use-based policies and practices, primarily in relation to our agricultural history. Although the District’s mission has remained essentially unchanged over the years, its scope of involvement has grown to comprise non-agricultural land and uses, including flood repair, small woodlot management, storm water and erosion control, wildlife habitat improvement, multi-age education and more,” Lynch said.
      Lynch said a short, two-page Natural Resource Issues Survey is currently being mailed to all known District cooperators and USDA program participants.
     “If you are not on this mailing list, or did not receive a survey but are interested in expressing your views pertaining to the future needs of central Aroostook’s natural resources, please contact our office today for a copy of the survey,” said Lynch.
     For more information or to request a survey, call 764-4153, ext. 130; e-mail Benjamin.lynch@me.nacdnet.net; or stop by the office, located at 735 Main St., Suite 3, Presque Isle.
    “The survey, along with other CASWCD news, will also be posted on our website at www.caswcd.org at the Natural Resources Survey link,” said Lynch. “We ask that you complete and return this survey by Oct. 15.”
    All programs and services of the Soil and Water Conservation districts and USDA are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political belief, or marital or familial status.