Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District – Ellsworth, Maine 

Please click on the Donate link to support the Maine Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District in its’ mission to protect the natural resources of Hancock County!

Click HERE to find out about our Browntail Moth Removal Tree Pruner Loaner Program or see the Services Tab above

Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District provides local conservation leadership, encourages best practices, and helps to plan and implement voluntary programs in Hancock County, Maine. 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 now located at the USDA NRCS office at 474 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth

~ Free Soil Testing Program for 2022 ~

BRING YOUR SAMPLES TO US FOR FREE pH TESTING (Be prepared to follow Covid-19 guidelines) We now offer soil testing year round! A drop-off box is located outside our office at 474 Bucksport Rd, Ellsworth. You may drop off samples at any time or call first to arrange a...

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2022 Brook Trout Sale

The 2022 Trout Sale is Here!  Stock your trout pond with native brook trout from Micmac Farm hatchery while also supporting conservation and agriculture in Hancock County! Find more information and order here.

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Seafood Trade Relief Program

We have had many calls requesting information on the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP).  Though we would like to help, the attached link has the application and other information.  The USDA Farm Service Agency in Bangor may also be contacted for more information or...

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The Board of Supervisors meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8:00 am to 10:00 a.m. Prior to the pandemic, we met at the Moore Community Center’s Board Room, 5 General Moore Way, Ellsworth (125 State Street). The public continues to be welcome to listen in on the meetings, and may request time on the agenda by emailing hcswcdinfo@hancockcountyswcd.org.

The next regular Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, 2022 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. This will be a remote meeting via Zoom because of the current pandemic.  For more information, or if you would like the Zoom link to remotely attend, please email  hcswcdinfo@hancockcountyswcd.org .   


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Our Courtesy Boat Inspections and Invasive Plant Patrol Programs have started! District representatives and volunteers will be visiting Hancock County lakes to watch for and spread the word about invasive aquatic plants. This important work is supported by a grant from the Onion Foundation. Please inspect your boats and other water craft! ...
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Information on Forming Coastal Watershed Districts - Any Hancock County Municipality and Unorganized Territory is eligible to form and join a Coastal Watershed District with other municipalities / territories under Mane Law Tile 38, 2002: Formation, upon voter approval. A Coastal Watershed District's responsibilities are: maintaining water quality, floodwater management, habitat management, and scenic quality. Each interested municipality chooses a trustee to meet with those from other towns and manage the District's paid staff. The Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District is willing to help interested municipalities develop a Coastal Watershed District, 207-667-8663.legislature.maine.gov/legis/statutes/38/title38sec2002.html ...
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Maine residents receive FREE admission to Maine State Parks on Sunday, June 19. All Maine residents receive FREE day-use admission to Maine State Parks and Historic Sites* from 9:00 a.m. to closing. *Please Note: free admission does not apply to some areas. ...
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Browntail moths are hatching folks! We have quite a population of them around the Alamoosook Lake boat launch and picnic area so be aware if you are sensitive to them. ...
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