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Belknap County Conservation District

Mailing address and office location:  64 Court Street, Laconia, NH  03246

Telephone: (603) 527-5880  Email: lisa.morin@nh.nacdnet.net


Black Brook, Sanbornton Assessment for Instream Wood

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The purpose of this assessment was to evaluate the potential for an instream large-wood habitat restoration project to create aquatic habitat specifically targeting Eastern Brook Trout (EBT). During the site visit, the goal was to walk the length of Black Brook ranging from its headwaters near the Meredith town border to the NH Fish & Game property (Tax Map 10, Lot 77), downstream of the Black Brook Road crossing (Map 1). This survey was completed to evaluate the characteristics of the existing stream channel and to define the potential benefits of adding large-wood. Several potential high priority work areas exist along the assessed reach of Black Brook and will be detailed in this review.

Hurd Brook, Alton NH   Wood In-streams Information Sheet

 The Belknap County Conservation District in partnership with Trout Unlimited, the Town of Alton, and several local, State and Federal agencies has performed an assessment of Hurd Brook in Alton to ascertain if it is a candidate for in-stream wood installations to enhance habitat for native fish populations and improve the condition of the surrounding landscape adjacent to the brook.  Please click on the document below to learn more about the benefits of in-stream wood projects.  Thank You

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Hurd Brook, Alton NH   Wood In-streams Information Assessment

The purpose of this assessment was to evaluate the potential for an instream large-wood habitat restoration project to create aquatic habitat specifically targeting Eastern Brook Trout (EBT). During the site visit, the goal was to walk the length of Hurd Brook ranging from the Route 28 crossing to the confluence with Lake Winnipesaukee (Map 1). This survey was completed to evaluate the characteristics of the existing stream channel and to define the potential benefits of adding large-wood. Several potential high priority work areas exist along the assessed reach of Hurd Brook and will be detailed in this review.

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Invasive Species Resource List

On December 9th BCCD hosted an on-line Invasive Species Workshop. Presenters were UNH Cooperative Extension Belknap County Forester, Rebecca DiGirolomo and New Hampshire Association of Conservation District’s (NHACD) Conservation Planner, Bill Fosher.   Rebecca, Bill and BCCD have prepared a resource list for anyone interested. Also, the presentation will be posted on the NHACD website www.nhacd.net in the near future.

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Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford NH   Interpretive Trail Signs and Kiosks Inform Visitors about Natural Resources

We invite you to click on the image below to view the interpretive signs recently installed at Gunstock Mountain Resort to help inform visitors about the importance of our natural resources and to highlight recent Conservation District projects such as openings in the woods for wildlife dependent on open space and shrubby habitat, plantings to promote habitat for pollinators (insects and birds) that are responsible for much of the plant regrowth worldwide but also provide food for predators, the value of wetlands, and the human legacy of conservation we leave for our children.

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Covid-19 Update:  To Attend BCCD Monthly Board Meetings

June 25, 2020

Until further notice, the Board of Supervisors of the Belknap County Conservation District will hold virtual monthly board meeting via Zoom.  Meetings are scheduled to convene the first Thursday of each month and will start at 5 PM.  The public is welcome to attend.

Please contact Lisa Morin at email lisa.morin@nh.nacdnet.net or telephone at (603) 527-5880 to be given the information you will need to access the meeting.  You will need a telephone, a computer or computer tablet, or SmartPhone to attend the meeting. 

We apologize for any inconvenience, however, due to Covid-19 we have suspended ‘in person’ meetings until further notice.

Thank You,

Lisa Morin, Program Coordinator, Belknap County Conservation District


Monarchs & Milkweed – Help Conserve Pollinators

Common Milkweed – NH Native Species

For more extensive information visit website www.plantmilkweed.org

Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.), and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs in late August to mid-September in New Hampshire.  Once in abundance in farm fields and disturbed soils Common Milkweed has declined with shifting land management practices and development.  It spreads readily by seed and underground, and can withstand drought.  Planting Common Milkweed, even in small urban pockets, helps Monarch Butterflies and the loss of this vital plant.

 About Common Milkweed:  The large flower varies from nearly white to deep pink-purple.  Fragrance is delicate and pleasing.  Many native pollinators benefit from Common Milkweed during its long bloom time (June-September).  It grows best in full sun or on woodland edges.  The plant reaches 3 feet high and is perennial.

Planting Common Milkweed:  Plant seeds in late fall or early spring, no more thatn ¼” deep, on a fairly sunny and weed free site.  Germination rates will be greatly reduced if not planted correctly!  Milkweed seeds can be very slow to germinate and does take some time and patience.  For best results and to speed up the germination process, place the seeds in wet paper towels in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 30 days prior to planting.  Water the planted site for at least two weeks.  Do not mow or cut plants from May 1- October 1.

 NOTE: One ounce of seeds covers approximately 1,000 square feet.


Wetlands Walk at Gunstock


From 1995 thru 1998 many groups helped build the handicapped accessible Wetlands Walk boardwalk at Belknap County’s public recreation area, Gunstock. Because its support posts are in wet soil, some sinking and tipping have occurred. If someone unsteady on their feet or in a wheelchair visits, the right branch from the handicapped parking lot is in better condition. The Welcome Center provides access to handicapped parking. If you are walking in from the primary parking lot (on the right at the base of Gunstock’s entry bridge from Rt 11-A), the whole loop should be ok for you. The guide book can be downloaded from this website. Hope you enjoy a tranquil visit in the woods!

2016 update: a $70,032 grant from New England Forest and Rivers fund, through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with funds from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Eversource is helping with repairs and updates. It is also helping with a forest plan update and habitat improvements on Gunstock’s property primarily for brook trout and eastern woodcock. Additionally it assists with stream bank stabilization on Gunstock Brook at Route 11-B. This is a 50:50 matching grant so volunteers and donations are very important to the success of the project, $16,707 boardwalk materials, $17,022 informational signs, kiosk update, materials, bench, bike racks, etc. If you are interested in Buying a Board, making a donation or volunteering, please email wetlandswalk@myfairpoint.net or call the office at 603-527-5880.

Wetlands Walk Project Information & Volunteer Recognition

Buy a Board

2016 Donations as of 11/20/16:

$500 Penny Pitou and Milo Pike Foundation

$1,145 NH Mooseplate Grant

5 Buy a Boards @ $35 each

2016 InKind Donations of expertise and materials:

Gilford Home Center, Gilford

Boulia Gorell Lumber Company, Laconia

Sherwin Williams Paint Store

Aubuchon Hardware, Meredith

Lowes Home Improvement, Gilford

Center Harbor Dock & Pier, Moultonboro

Great Bay Discovery Center, Greenland

Ron Maher & John Scudder, Moultonboro (carpentry)

Gary Mahuex, Laconia

Ecosystem Management Consultants, LLC (Rick Van de Poll), Sandwich

New England Forestry Consultants, Alton

Trout Unlimited

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

NH Fish & Game

Student Conservation Association, Claremont

Blue Moon Environmental, Gilmanton

Maritime Construction and Engineering, Cape Neddick, ME

Volunteers from:

Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Concord, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia, Moultonborough, Newburyport, MA


Middleton/ LaValley Building Supply, Meredith

Trustworthy Hardware, Laconia

EM Heath Hardware and Supermarket, Ctr Harbor

Walmart, Gilford

Gilford Home Center, Gilford

GiveGab online crowdsource donations:

            200 Anonymous for quote about Conservation District

            150 Bob & Mary Harrington

            100 Philip Ellis

            50 Pat Tarpey

               4 below plaque value

5 Buy a Board plaques


EM Heath Hardware, Ctr Harbor

Hannaford Supermarket, Gilford

Home Depot, Tilton

Osborne’s Winnisquam Agway, Belmont

Gilford Home Center, Gilford

Watermark Marine Construction, Laconia

BCCD Celebrates 73 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.

Green Roof for Small Structures BCCD Handout

Green Roof Dog House with Friends