Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is seeking agricultural producers to help control the spread of invasive plants through identification and documentation using iMapInvasives technology.

The program, Maine Natural Areas Program — NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant: Using iMapInvasives Technology to Help Maine Producers Address Invasive Plant Problems, will continue through 2021 and provide technical support to growers who are eligible for the USDA–NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset and Waldo counties.

Goals are to identify invasive plants on working farms and woodlands; demonstrate the use of handheld devices to document invasive plant populations in iMapInvasives, an online, public-access database and mapping program; and implement targeted invasive species control projects on participating farmlands and woodlands.

For more information, contact Nancy Olmstead at 287-8046, nancy.olmstead@maine.gov; Dale Finseth (Kennebec region) at 622-7847, extension 3, dale@kcswcd.org; Rebecca Jacobs (Knox-Lincoln) at 596-2040, rebecca@knox-lincoln.org; Aleta McKeage (Waldo region) at 218-5311, aleta.waldosoilandwater@gmail.com.