Globally Rare Plant Community Restoration at Odiorne Point State Park

Press Release
December 12, 2014

Globally Rare Plant Community Restoration at Odiorne Point State Park

Rye- Odiorne Point State park is a coastal favorite for both seacoast residents and visitors alike. The park is home to the Seacoast Science Center, extensive undeveloped coastline, beautiful trails, and a number of rare and uncommon plant community types. One of these important habitats is a six acre globally rare costal salt pond marsh plant community, which also provides habitat for three state listed rare plant species. This extraordinary habitat has been threatened by a rapidly expanding population of common reed, an invasive plant also known as phragmites. Common reed forms tall dense stands that competitively exclude other plant species, reduce wildlife habitat, and can change marsh hydrology through increased evaporation and elevation of the marsh floor.

The Rockingham County Conservation District began clearing the marsh of approximately one acre of common reed in the summer of 2012. Following that work, native seeds and cuttings were collected and grown out at the UNH Jackson Estuarine Lab for use in revegetation of the cleared areas. This revegetation phase was funded through the State Conservation Committee and the sale of Conservation Moose Plates. The native plants were transplanted into the marsh this past summer.

“This project has been a great success. A lot of folks were skeptical because phragmites is pretty aggressive and difficult to control, but we’ve cleared nearly all of it from the marsh. And now we have native vegetation growing where the phrag used to be, including some rare species” noted Lenny Lord, District Manager and ecologist.

For more information about the project or to learn how you can help, contact the Rockingham County Conservation District, 603-679-2790, natsci@rockinghamccd.org

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Cover Cropping and No-Till Workshop October 22, 2014 – Rockingham County Farm

Joel Myers: A lifetime farmer, no-till specialist and retired PA NRCS State Agronomist speaks on soil health

This workshop will present soil health  principals which will help farmers improve productivity through cover crops.  For farmers interested trying no-till practices this workshop can help you determine whether this transition is appropriate for you.  This is an opportunity for farmers to ask questions and share concerns about all aspects of soil health. These workshops will have indoor and hands –on (field) components.  Joel     Myers is experienced in assisting farmers in this transition and will provide valuable insight and encouragement through this  process.

Rain or Shine! RSVP at the door on the day of the event if you want to come but have’t signed up yet!

October 22, 2014 3:00pm – 5:30pm

See the attached flyer for more details:  Oct 22 Workshop Flyer

Suggested donation: $10.00, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Can’t make this workshop? Similar workshops are being held on other dates in other places in NH: Soil Health Workshops in NH

 

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August 7th Seminar on Farm Accounting and Taxes presented by a CPA

The Small and Beginner Farmers of Strafford and Rockingham Counties are hosting a FREE Farm Accounting Seminar  at 6pm on  August 7th, 2014 at the Strafford County Conservation District Office in Dover.

August 7 2014 Meeting Notice SBFNH for more information.

Please RSVP to  Damon Burt: dburt@fragglerockfarm.net. Please include any questions you may have for the CPA so he can prepare for them.

Pizza is provided but please bring your own water/soda/tea.

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Soil health trip to the Dakotas

Soil Health Trip to the Dakotas to see new information about advances soil quality, crop production and ways to minimize soil and water pollution from agriculture.

Click here for more information: Dakota brochure

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Request for Quotation

Click the link below for more information and Bid Documents:

RFQ Water quality 319 PRB

Reactive Barrier Technology at a site in Rockingham and Strafford County, New Hampshire under the Great Bay Watershed Management Implementation Plan.  The project is funded through the Clean Water Act, Section 319 for non-point source pollution control.  A portion of the project includes sampling and analysis of groundwater and surface water to determine pre- and post- removal nitrogen concentrations and related water quality characteristics.

RCCD requests quotations for laboratory services to complete this three-year project.  A table listing parameters, methods and sample quantities is listed below.  Please provide unit costs for the analyses in the tables provided and complete the bid form with company and contact information.  Please also see the list of certifications requiring notarization.

 

Laboratories must maintain laboratory certification in the State of New Hampshire for the procedures requested.  A copy of the certification will be included with the bid document.

 

Laboratories will provide all bottles, labels and chain of custody documents for sampling.  Please include a description of bottle request procedures, delivery and pickup services and any associated costs for these items.

 

Laboratories will provide electronic and paper copies of the analytical reports within 10 business days of sample delivery.

 

The selected laboratory will also be asked to provide Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures for inclusion in the project QAPP within two weeks of notification of selection.

 

For questions on this RFQ please contact:

 

Vicky Stafford, Rockingham County Conservation District, natsci@rockinghamccd.org, (603) 679-2790 x. 16

Danna Truslow, Project Manager

danna@truslowrc.com 603-766-6670

 

Please submit the signed and completed form with any supporting documents to the contacts listed above by April 25, 2014.

 

 

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Climate Summit III

The 2014 Coastal New Hampshire  Climate Summit III

Collaborating for Solutions: Choices Ahead

Location: Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center and the Great Bay Discovery Center

Brought to you by: The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, and the NERRS Science Collaborative.

What is it: An annual discussion and collaborative forum among scientist, agencies, municipal leaders, watershed organizations and citizens concerned about the impacts of climate change in coastal New Hampshire.

Register Here:  https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=16295

 

 

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Spotted Winged Drosophila Workshop Thursday, April 10

On Thursday, April 10, from 10:30 – 3:30 at the New Community Center, in
Claremont, NH, UVM and UNH are offering a hands-on workshop to build your
skills to implement new management practices on your farm for Spotted Winged Drosophila  management.  This workshop brings specialists from in and outside the region to
share important up-to-date, new information! There are sessions on
monitoring, cultural control and organic and conventional spray options for
SWD in small fruit.

These workshops are for small fruit growers and those
who teach or work with these growers. Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State
University will present information on SDW control. Vern Grubinger, UVM,
will talk about netting, George Hamilton, UNH will discuss cultural
practices and spray methods and Alan Eaton, UNH & Margaret Skinner, UVM
will demonstrate trapping methods and adult ID. Preregistration is
required! Sign up today. 5 pesticide credits will be awarded to attendees.

For more information, contact Cheryl Sullivan, 802-656-5434, (cfrasnk@uvm.edu) or
find registration form at http://www.uvm.edu/~entlab/

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