‘Our National Conservation effort must include the complete spectrum of resources; air, water & land; fuels, energy & minerals;soils, forests & forage; fish & wildlife. Together they make up the world of nature which surrounds us’

John F. Kennedy

Technical Assistance

Landowners take pride in caring for their land & we can offer Technical Assistance to: * reduce runoff & soil erosion * * protect water quality * * manage for invasives species * * manage working forests * In addition we offer the following service: Engineering review & 3rd Party inpections Agricultural cost share programs through our partners at NRCS Invasive species survey & managment planning Grant writing 319 Watershed projects Contact us at 324-0888 X 214 for more information.

Sid Emery Demonstration Forest

We have a prescribed harvest recommended through our Forest Managment Plan starting in the fall of 2018. The goal is to thin the Red Pine stands to help release remaining trees to encourage growth & create a healthier stand. ** Update** Red Pine Scale discovery in 2 Red Pine Stands led to the decision to remove the 2 infested stands in hope that we prevent infestation in other stands. The opening will eventually seed in & create early successtional habitat for a lot of our birds & wildlife that need that habitat type. This adds to our manageged wildlife opening on the opposite side of the brook (landing). Stay tuned for some exciting future demonstration projects. 2018 Harvest is active through January 2019. You are welcome to explore but please be aware there is large equipment at work. Come & explore our 140 acre Demonstration Forest off Brock Road in Lyman. (Next to ball fields & Bunganut Park) Trails are open year round to the public. This Forest was burned over during the Fires of ’47 & with the help of Mr. Emery has been showcasing forest management practices for over 70 years. Pick up a brochure at the kiosk or contact our office.

Invasive Species

Our 29 Towns & Cities are on the frontline for many invasive species. Whether its Variable Leaf Milfoil in the lakes, Japanese Knotweed in your yard or Emerald Ash Borer in your forest. We can help you learn what to look for.


Watershed Projects

EPA 319 projects

The District is proud to partner with several communities to protect & improve water quality within their watersheds..

Watersheds are defined by where the water moves to & with that water comes the potential for erosion, decreased oxygen, increased plant growth (including invasives) loss of soil & decreses in clarity.

The 319 grant program administered statewide by the ME Department of Environmental Protection provide communities & lake associations with matching funds to protect our lakes, rivers & streams for boaters, anglers & lake front owners.

For more information on our 319 Projects please contact Whitney Baker, Project Manager 324-0888 X 208 or wbaker@yorkswcd.org

New Projects funded for 2019-2021

Goosefare Brook Implementation Phase 2

Thatcher Brook Implementation Phase 2

Mousam Lake Implementaion Phase 1

Kennebunk River Management Plan

Current 319 Projects:

Goodall Brook Implementation Phase 1– Sanford

Goosefare Brook Implementation Phase 1– Saco & OOB

Thatcher Brook Implementation Phase 1 – Biddeford

Environmental Education

Engaging students of all ages in the outdoors is a priority for the District. We offer on site class explorations in the following subject areas:

School Gardening – Garlic gardens, WE Grow afterschool program, School Gardens

Who lives here (wildlife of Maine)

Stormwater education – Water cycle, runoff, river systems,

Forestry Field Days – on School grounds or at our Demo Forest

Forestry Inventory Growth Plot Data collection

Summer Parks & Rec programs




We offer training & informational workshops throughout the year. Look for the following workshops in 2018.

Maine DEP Contractor Certification

Pond Design & Maintenance

Invasive Forest Pest ID & survey

Lunch & Learn for Code Enforcement Officers & Planning Board members

Forestry Best Practices