Water Supply Land Protection Program

Grants Save the Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to $5 million is expected to be available for water supply land
protection grants this year from the NH Drinking Water and Groundwater
Trust Fund. A workshop will be held on April 18 to provide details.
To view the agenda and register (pre-registration is required), visit
https://www4.des.state.nh.us/nh-dwg-trust/?p=142. The afternoon
session will address land protection grants, while the morning session
will address loans and grants for construction projects. Registration
for the morning and afternoon sessions is separate; be sure you
register for the afternoon session. If you’re interested but can’t
make the April 18 workshop, try to catch my one-hour workshop (at
2:45) at Saving Special Places (April 7).

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2018 Trout Sale

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Help us support agriculture in Rockingham County!

Do you own a farm in Rockingham County?

The District needs your help! As a conservation district it is our job to act as the voice of locally led conservation, representing farmers and others in advising our partners at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on program and spending priorities. To better represent the needs of the producers in Rockingham County it is essential we understand who the producers are, what kinds of crops are being grown, and what kinds of agricultural practices are dominating the landscape. Farms today face a variety of pressures from development, demand for increased production, and climate change. This survey will provide RCCD with information to better advise farmers about assistance available from a wide variety of conservation programs to improve soil health, water quality and agricultural resiliency.

Please take a moment to take our online survey.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY     

 

 

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Check out our latest Newsletter!

Check out the RCCD fall newsletter!

 

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Restoration of Coastal Forest and Shrub Habitat at Odiorne Point State Park

Check out the latest press release about RCCD work at Odiorne Point State Park!

Restoration of Coastal Forest and Shrub Habitat at Odiorne Point State Park

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An Innovative Approach to Restoration at Odiorne Point State Park

An Innovative Approach to Restoration at Odiorne Point State Park

Oriental bittersweet has been taking over Odiorne Point State Park!  This invasive vine was not noted at the park in a survey completed in 1972, but has since become a dominant species over much of the area, including in some rare plant community types.  Oriental bittersweet was introduced to the United States from Asia in the 1860’s and has spread rapidly throughout the eastern US.  It is a sprawling vine has the ability eliminate native plants by forming impenetrable thickets that shade and strangle supporting vegetation.  The vine also can reduce soil acidity, making habitats more favorable for its own growth.Pic1

Historic vegetation surveys at Odiorne Point indicate that soil was probably more acidic in some areas in the past and has become less so over time, possibly due to colonization by Oriental bittersweet.  As part of an integrated approach to habitat restoration, the Rockingham County Conservation District (RCCD) in partnership with the NH Division of Parks and Recreation has been removing Oriental bittersweet in the park and has been experimenting with using soil amendments to try to acidify the soil over time.  Over the next several years, data will be collected to determine if soils can successfully be acidified and whether this proves to be detrimental to Oriental bittersweet seed regeneration while also being beneficial to the restoration of native vegetation.  “Our initial results indicate that working with acidic mulches and native plants to acidify soils over the long-term will be more successful than using agricultural soil amendments,” noted RCCD ecologist Lenny Lord.  “It’s a long process, but we believe it will ultimately help the restored native habitats to be more resilient as time goes on.”

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The RCCD has been restoring habitats with its partners and hundreds of volunteers at Odiorne Point State Park since 2009.  This phase of restoration was supported by NH State Conservation Committee Conservation Grant Program, with funds made possible by the sale of NH Conservation and Heritage License “Moose” Plates and by the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Foods IPM Grants.  If you would like more information or to get involved, please contact the RCCD at rccd@rockinghamccd.org.

 

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2017 Backyard Trout Sale

Its that time of year again! The RCCD is now accepting orders for the 2017 Backyard Trout Sale. New Hampshire raised rainbow and brook trout are available to order in two sizes from a NH based licensed hatchery. For more information on how to order and habitat requirements for the trout please click on the link below!

Trout Order Form

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Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)

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USDA NRCS NH Contact:
Betty Anderson,
Public Affairs Specialist
603-868-9931 x136
betty.anderson@nh.usda.gov
www.nh.nrcs.usda.gov

Article announces ranking batching dates for Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA), and explains the program, offers next steps for interested reader.

Dover, NH, January 25, 2017 — Agriculture producers in New Hampshire: If you are interested in protecting, conserving, resources on your property or mitigating risk to your operation through technical or financial assistance, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office to begin the conservation planning process. Once an NRCS Conservation Plan is developed, you can work with NRCS to determine which programs would best suit your conservation needs. Applications for the NRCS Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) may be submitted at any time year-round; however, the upcoming ranking batching dates in NH are:

February 17, 2017
March 17, 2017
April 20, 2017

All applicants that are eligible by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on those ranking batching dates will be considered in that funding cycle. Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) AMA is available in NH and 15 other States in which Federal Crop Insurance Program participation is historically low. In NH we are focusing our assistance on the following:

  • Prevention of losses due to drought
  • where risk may be mitigated through operation diversification or change in resource conservation practices such as with Seasonal High Tunnels

Who can participate? All agricultural producers who are engaged in forestry, crop, or livestock production on eligible land may participate in AMA. Participation is voluntary. Eligible land includes cropland (including orchards, vineyards, and berry land), pasture, hayland, forestland or other lands on which crops or livestock are produced.

How do you get started? Call your local NRCS field office to discuss your resource needs and work with staff to develop a conservation plan. Your conservation planner will visit your farm and identify resource concerns, discuss your goals, inventory resources, and evaluate alternatives. Your goals and objectives, with a list of recommended conservation practices for your farm, will be included in your conservation plan.

Are you eligible and how do you apply? Once you have a conservation plan and would like to apply for AMA funds to help you implement your list of recommended conservation practices, we will help you understand the program eligibility process. NRCS will evaluate your completed eligibility forms and needed practices. After you have finalized practice decisions and agree to move forward, we’ll work with you on the application. AMA applications are accepted year-round, but they are considered for funding during specific ranking periods. Once you have passed eligibility and finalized practice decisions, your application is eligible to be considered for the next ranking period.

Where can you get help? Contact your local office for more information. General program information is available on the NRCS New Hampshire website at www.nh.nrcs.usda.gov.

New Hampshire NRCS Field Service Centers:

Concord Field Service Center
Serving Merrimack and Belknap Counties
10 Ferry St., Suite 211 Concord, NH 03301
Merrimack County: 603-223-6023
Heather Foley, District Conservationist
603-223-6028
heather.foley@nh.usda.gov
Belknap County:
Bill Hoey, Soil Conservationist
603-223-6022
william.hoey@nh.usda.gov

 

Conway Field Service Center
Serving Carroll and Belknap Counties
73 Main St.
Conway, NH 03818
Nels Liljedahl, District Conservationist
603-447-2771
nels.liljedahl@nh.usda.gov

Epping Field Service Center
Serving Rockingham and
Strafford Counties
629 Calef Highway, Suite 203
Epping, NH 03042
Keri Neal, District Conservationist
603-679-1587
keri.neal@nh.usda.gov

Lancaster Field Service Center
Serving Coos County
4 Mayberry Lane
Lancaster, NH 03584
Kelly Eggleston, District Conservationist
603-788-4651
kelly.eggleston@nh.usda.gov

 

Milford Field Service Center
Serving Hillsborough County
#468, Rte. 13 South
Milford, NH 03055
Heather Foley, District Conservationist
603-732-9196
heather.foley@nh.usda.gov

Orford Field Service Center
Serving Grafton County
19 Archertown Rd., Suite 1
Orford, NH 03777
Beth Ann Finlay, District Conservationist
603-353-4651
bethann.finlay@nh.usda.gov

Walpole Field Service Center
Serving Cheshire and Sullivan Counties
11 Industrial Park Dr.
Walpole, NH 03608
Steve Pytlik, District Conservationist
603-756-2988
steven.pytlik@nh.usda.gov

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