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Belknap County Conservation District
Mailing address and office location: 64 Court Street, Laconia, NH 03246
Telephone: (603) 527-5880 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BCCD 2018 Budget Request of $85,000 Needs Your Support –
Call Your Delegates by Dec 13
Click on this link to read about BCCD accomplishments and Belknap County Delegate contact info. UPDATED Talking Points with Delegate contact info for 2018 Conservation District Budget
Please call or write the Belknap County Delegate* from your town no later than December 13th to voice your support for funding the Conservation District in 2018 !!
The Belknap County Delegation will convene at the County Complex, 34 County Drive, Laconia, NH. Work sessions start at 7 PM on Dec. 11, 13, and 18. The public hearing has already taken place on Dec 8th and there may not be another public hearing.
The Challenge: Our Delegation of State Representatives have final say on Belknap County’s annual budget and have been cutting or decreasing funding to county programs steadily for several years. BCCD’s estimated value to Belknap County in 2017 is $1,227,420.
For year 2018, BCCD is requested $85,000 to cover salary and basic operating costs for Lisa Morin, our Program Coordinator, and a part-time Coordinator to support our NH Gleans-Belknap County fresh food donation program to food pantries and senior centers. These funds are critical to continue to assist farmers, businesses, landowners and towns with soil, water and natural resource conservation assistance. County funding is critical to our ability to leverage funds from private, state and federal grants to get soil and watershed conservation projects on the ground to protect the Lakes Region’s environment and economy.
County funding to the Conservation District dropped from $97,909 in 2014 to $92,400 in 2015 to $80,000 in 2016 to $60,000 in 2017 (38% less than 10 year average before 2015). This continued reduction in funding is impacting our ability to serve landowners, businesses, and towns as requests for our assistance are increasing.
Telling Our Story: You can help BCCD, by sharing why the work the Conservation District does matters to you through a call or email to your Delegation representative for your town, a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, or speaking directly to the Delegation at a public meeting. You could talk about a project we have done that is of interest to you, about a project in your town, or a project on your land and how BCCD contributed to its success. In addition, several Belknap County towns are realizing the economic benefits of shared municipal services, the Conservation District has been operating as a county-wide shared service for over 70 years. BCCD’s role is to conserve soil, water and related resources; this role includes watershed protection, flood prevention, erosion control and resource conservation through providing technical assistance, training, demonstration projects, obtaining grants, and providing information to landowners and communities.
For every $1.00 in County funding, BCCD generates at least $9.50 in products and services for our citizens through donations, volunteerism, project grants and technical assistance. BCCD’s estimated value to Belknap County in 2017 is $1,227,420.
USDA – NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Application Process News Release
Click on this link to open the official USDA Press Release NRCS NH announces FY 2018 Environmental Quality Assistance Program (EQIP) application batching ranking dates
To access the NRCS NH web page on EQIP and other programs click on this link https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/nh/programs/
BCCD Chair, Donna Hepp, Honored by VolunteerNH
Donna Hepp of Belmont has been honored with a Volunteer Service Award by the statewide non-profit group Volunteer NH in recognition of her exemplary contributions to volunteerism and to the betterment of life in New Hampshire. Donna has made a critical difference as a volunteer for the Town of Belmont, Belknap County, and New Hampshire. As Chair of the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD), Belknap Association for Natural Resource Conservation, and Granite State Wheelmen/Seacoast Century Bicycle Event she has provided strong leadership and obtained several grants to fund natural resource based projects. In Belmont she helped create and fund new initiatives for the Belmont Recreational Alternative Trail Team and spearheaded development of a strategic review of Belmont facilities. Her work through BCCD at Gunstock Mount Resort (a.k.a. Belknap Mountain Recreation Area) has funded and facilitated improvements to its resource management of selected woodlands for wildlife species of interest, soil erosion prevention along an upland section of Poorfarm Brook, and broadened service to the disabled through the universally accessible Wetlands Walk project.
Donna’s energy has been effective in recruiting new volunteers, for individual one-time projects, ongoing efforts – as well as new faces for non-profit organizations. Her public relations savvy has built awareness of the conservation and recreational organizations she volunteers for, and effectively told their stories of success and need. Donna leads by example, uses extensive positive reinforcement, and continually asks how she can help the other volunteers. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel blessed that Donna has chosen us to volunteer with” stated Lisa Morin, BCCD Program Coordinator.
Gunstock Brook – Streambank Mass Failure, Gilford, NH
Gunstock Brook Streambank Restoration
BCCD is working with the Gilford Conservation Commission and Town Officials to repair a ‘mass streambank failure’ on Gunstock Brook. Click on the document names below to view the report that started it all!
Wetlands Walk Boardwalk – Buy A Board Fundraiser
Have you visited the Wetlands Walk at Gunstock Mountain Resort?
Did you know you can put your name on it?? It’s easy!! Buy a Board and we’ll put your name on it!
For every board you ‘buy’ we will have a name of your choosing engraved on a 4 inch by 1 inch plaque and adhere it to the board. Click on the document names below to find out more about the Wetlands Walk and to print out the Buy A Board order form! (All submissions will be subject to review for appropriateness so as not to offend our multi-generational users.) Thank you for your support.
BCCD Celebrates 71 years of Service to Belknap County
The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) was established in Belknap County on February 14th 1946.
The mission of the BCCD is to help landowners and communities conserve natural resources in Belknap County. We accomplish this by:
Identifying critical natural resource conservation issues and needs
Initiating action and projects that demonstrate conservation best management practices
Providing conservation information, education, and training
Facilitating access to technical and financial resources that enable conservation action
Conservation Districts were established across the country in response to the causes and effects of the ‘Dust Bowl’ by serving as a pathway for agricultural producers to access Federal, State, and Local funding and technical expertise. The Dust Bowl effected the entire country, not just the western grasslands that had been converted into agricultural fields.
BCCD Builds a Green Roof Dog House
The New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) were looking to fund projects that demonstrated to the public accessible methods of stormwater (rain and snow melt) control and conservation. The Belknap County Conservation District came up with the idea of a green roofs for small structures such as garden sheds, garage, or pump house…. but with a twist. Since we are dog lovers, one and all, we thought of putting a green roof on a dog house. Our dog house is about 4 feet high at the tallest point in the front and 2.5 feet high at the back, and has a width of 3 feet. Although not shown, the dog door/entrance is located at the front of the structure on the taller end. The 6 inch deep planting frame is lined with regular roofing ice/water shield against the plywood platform, and on top of that we have placed a moisture mat, light-weight soil mixture, and drought tolerant plants. The planting box has drain holes so that the whole thing doesn’t become a mud pit during high rain events. Since this was to be a demonstration project we put our dog house on wheels and use it as a ‘demonstration model’ to take it to venues such as schools, farm stands, plant nurseries, and public events. When the model is not on the road it can be seen at the Picnic Rock Farm Stand, 85 Daniel Webster Highway (Route #3), Meredith, NH. For more information please click on the document below to read our informal handout.