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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


 Gunstock Brook Resource Information

Request For Qualifications: Some important deadlines-

February 1, 2018 BCCD to host project site visit at 10 AM and again at 1 PM

February 16, 2018 (5:00 PM) Deadline to submit qualification packages to BCCD

February 20, 2018 Final selection of contractor and notification to all firms

For more information contact BCCD at email: lisa.morin@nh.nacdnet.net

Part 1 photos wetlands application revised for NHDHR review

Part 2 photos wetlands application revised for NHDHR review

Part 3 photos wetlands application revised for NHDHR review

Wetland-Stream Functions and Value Assessment section of Gunstock Brook Proposal

BCCD Annual Tree, Shrub and More Sale Information

BCCD is preparing its to release its Annual Tree, Shrub and More Sale order forms and information.  To get you started here is the information on our Spring Bulb and Flower Sale.

2018 Bulb & Flower Sale Order Form      2018 Bulb & Flower Sale Color Pics & Descriptions

2018 Plant Sale Order Form        2018 BCCD Tree Sale Important Information 

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 Your purchases help put conservation on the ground in Belknap County!

Thank You !   For more information contact me, Lisa Morin, BCCD Program Coordinator at email lisa.morin@nh.nacdnet.net or telephone (603) 527-5880.

Stream Restoration and Flood Resiliency Workshop

On March 14 from 4:30 to 6:30PM at the Meredith Community Center, One Circle Drive, Meredith, NH their will be a free workshop on Stream Restoration and Flood Resiliency.  Guest speakers will be from NH Dept. of Environmental Services and Trout Unlimited.  Light refreshments will be served.  Pre-registration is suggested and can be done by clicking on the following link www.eventbrite.com/e/stream-restoration-and-flood-resiliency-workshop-tickets-42363874489

For an informational flyer about this workshop click on this link Stream Restoration and Flood Resiliency Workshop March 14 2018

This workshop is being brought to you by the Belknap County Conservation District, NH Assoc. of Conservation Commissions, and the NH Dept. of Environmental Services.  It is funded in part by the New England Forest and Rivers Fund.

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.

Wetlands Walk Project Information & Volunteer Recognition    Buy A Board – Order Form 2017

BCCD 2018 Budget Request of $85,000 Needs Your Support –

Call Your Delegates Before Final Votes Take

The Belknap County Delegation has scheduled an additional budget review meeting for January 29th at 7 PM to be held at the Belknap County Complex, Conference Room #1.

How much would the taxpayer of a $200,000 property contribute to fund BCCD for 1 year at $85,000?   75 cents approximately!  That is less than the cost of one candy bar!

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

2017 Year to Date Report created Dec 2017 with pictures updated

Please call or write the Belknap County Delegate* from your town no later than January 5th 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.  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 packaging blueberries for NH Gleans-Belknap County.  Blueberries donated by KREBS Farm in Sanbornton.

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!

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 BCCD Celebrates 72 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 Green Roof Dog House Plantings