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Soil and Water Conservation District Program
Maine’s 16 Soil and Water Conservation Districts are subdivisions of state government that are run by locally elected and appointed volunteers. Generally their jurisdiction follows county boundaries but there are three districts located in Aroostook County and one district serves both Knox and Lincoln Counties. A single district also serves Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties. Their purpose is to solve local natural resource conservation problems (both urban and agricultural) as determined by local stakeholders. Not only do districts work with their partners to identify natural resource problems at the local level and develop solutions, they also assist in getting those measures applied to the land. This is accomplished by a unique partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources (MDOAFRR). NRCS provides technical support of district programs and MDOAFRR is the state agency that provides administrative oversight of district programs and administers basic state funding grants to districts.
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