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.

The Board of Supervisors meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the Moore Community Center’s Board Room, 5 General Moore Way, Ellsworth (approximately 133 State Street). The public is welcome to listen in on these meetings, and may request time on the agenda, in advance, by emailing hcswcdinfo@hancockcountyswcd.org.

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Brook Trout are still available... order by Friday, April 26 from our District. ...

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Japanese Knotweed - grows quickly and aggressively! As it grows it can block recreational trails, intrude fields and jam waterways.

Hollow stems, similar to bamboo, grow between 3 and 9 feet tall, with wide oval or heart-shaped leaves and small white flowers (in the summer).

If found report it to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry through imapinvasives.org. (Reminder: If it’s not on your property, talk to the landowner first.)
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We are happy to once again offer fish for private pond stocking. Micmac Farms is our new supplier of brook trout. The brook trout are between 8" and 10" and cost $3.00 per fish and $6.00 per oxygen bag (maximum 20 fish per bag).

A valid ME IFW stocking permit from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife must be provided when you pick-up your fish.

Friday, April 26th is the deadline to order the trout; pick-up is Monday, May 6th from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Ellsworth Harbor Park.

For more information or to place an order visit us at hancockcountyswcd.org/trout/ . You may call the office at 667-8663 if you have questions.
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You will want to reach out and touch this pretty, really big weed with interesting white flowers. But don't!! The sap from the Giant Hogweed can cause blisters and burns when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Moisture and heat can make things worse.

Report any sighting to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry through imapinvasives.org. (If the plant is not on your property, reach out to the landowner first.) The department also offers online tips for removal if it’s on your property.
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