Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District

Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District provides local conservation leadership, encourages best practices, and helps to plan and implement voluntary programs. We conserve clean water and healthy soil by working alongside willing landowners to implement incentive-based voluntary conservation practices. District programs focus on polluted runoff, habitat restoration, citizen science, and education.

We’ve moved! The District’s new office is located at 192 Main Street in Ellsworth. That’s the large brick building that’s home to Flexit and several other locally-owned businesses. The District office is on the second floor.

2019 Local Working Group Meeting

Thursday, November 14, 2019 Local Working Group 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm NRCS Field Office 474 Bucksport Rd. Ellsworth Light Refreshments Will Be Provided. Please Register - Contact Information Below Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District will host their annual...

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The Board of Supervisors meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Moore Community Center’s Board Room, 5 General Moore Way, Ellsworth (125 State Street). The public is welcome to listen in on these meetings, and may request time on the agenda by emailing hcswcdinfo@hancockcountyswcd.org.

There will be a Board of Supervisors meeting held Friday, January 3, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the District Office, 192 Main St. Ste. 11 (2nd Floor), in Ellsworth.


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HCSWCD recently completed a Stream Smart Crossing at Hurd Brook in Lucerne-In-Maine, Maine. The completed project reduced the chronic source of nonpoint source pollution (sediment), thereby improving aquatic habitat above and below the stream crossing. The new road crossing structure also improves transportation and public safety. This project was made possible with funds from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. ...

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Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) is available now through our annual Tree & Shrub sale! Because of suckering and its tolerance to wet soils, this species is typically used in mass planting, in naturalized and woodland gardens, for erosion control, in windbreaks and in excessively wet soils.

Black chokeberry can also be used as an edible fruit crop although the fruit is too astringent to eat raw. The high-antioxidant fruit is used in baking and to make jams, jellies, syrup, tea, juice and wine. Fruit can persist into winter and serves as a food source for birds and other wildlife.

In spring, it has showy white flower clusters. In autumn, leaves change from green to vibrant tones of red, orange and purple.https://hancockcountyswcd.org/product/black-chokeberry/.

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