The Rockingham County Conservation District now has a Compact Constant Head Permeameter, also known as the Amoozemeter, available for rent! This piece of equipment measures the in-field flow of water into a saturated soil. The measured rate is called saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ksat). This piece of equipment can be used to find actual Ksat values for NHDES Alteration of Terrain permits in place of book values. Anyone interested in borrowing this equipment must attend a 1-day training.
The first training: Wednesday August 15, 2018
Brentwood Community Center
190 Route 125
Brentwood, NH 03833
For more details and registration information Click here for the workshop brochure.
Registration is due by August 8, 2018
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).
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
Check out the RCCD fall newsletter!
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
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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