PARIS — The Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invite the public to attend a meeting of the Oxford County USDA Local Working Group from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 15, at the USDA Service Center, 17 Olson Road, South Paris.

The Local Working Group will provide recommendations for the 2020 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to their local USDA–NRCS for local natural resource priorities, and criteria for conservation activities and programs. Topics of discussion in Oxford County will include: Ag Waste, Forestry, Pastureland, Cropland and Wildlife. Other issues and areas of concern can be discussed as well, and a list will be compiled of priorities recognized by this group.

“Participation in the Local Working Group will help NRCS determine concerns and priorities that are important to the people of Oxford County. This will allow us to allocate technical and financial assistance that is specific to the County,” reports Anna Biddle, local District Conservationist.

If anyone requires special accommodations to attend this meeting, they should contact Jean E. Federico by Nov. 9.

Contact any of the following with questions: Jean E. Federico, OCSWCD Education and Outreach Coordinator, 207-744-3119; Anna Biddle, NRCS District Conservationist, 207-744-3112; or NRCS Soil Conservationist Alexander Stace, 207-744-3116.