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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

2019 Tree, Shrub, Flowers and Trout Sale Fundraiser

For information on our annual Tree, Shrub, Flowers and Trout Sale Fundraiser please click on the documents below to download.  Order Deadlines for plants is February 28th but orders will continue to be filled after that date while supplies last.  Customers pick up their purchases April 26, 27, 28 2019.

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March 13, 2019 No-Till Veggie Workshop for Producers

Gilford, NH registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y9m2h627    Please use link to register for the workshop at the Gilford Community Church on March 13, 2019.  You’ll need to copy the link and paste in address line of your internet browser (example Google).  Or contact the Belknap County Conservation District by emailing lisa.morin@nh.nacdnet.net or call (603) 527-5880.  If you would like to attend this free workshop, please register online using the links below, or call the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 x116

The NH Association of Conservation Districts in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and UNH Cooperative Extension are excited to host three free, soil health workshops for vegetable producers this winter. Soil health expert Jan-Hendrik Cropp will join us from Germany to share his knowledge about soil health management practices on organic and conventional farms.

These free workshops will be held from 8:45am-4:00pm on three different days in three different NH locations:

Monday March 11th – Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Road, Keene, NH 03431

Wednesday March 13th – Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249

Thursday March 14th – Three Chimneys Inn, 17 Newmarket Road, Durham, NH 03824

In this workshop Jan-Hendrik Cropp from under_cover in Germany will deliver critical information that NH farmers can employ to better mitigate the effects of flooding, drought, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms. Cropp will describe how to create no-till or low-till organic cropping systems using diverse living and/or dead mulches (such as cover crops and clover-grass/forage cuttings), along with rotational conservation/minimum tillage to increase soil health. 

Additionally, there will also be a farmer panel facilitated by UNH Cooperative Extension to discuss how reduced tillage operations are working in New England. Participants will also receive info on new no-till transplanters and complimentary equipment that will be available for use in NH starting in 2019. Lunch is provided.  Registration is required.

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Click document to download information.

Wetlands Walk Donations

Contact Person: Jan Hooper                   

jhooper55@icloud.com                           

The Wetlands Walk at Gunstock needs fixing. Private donations and grants from the NH Mooseplate Program and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Forests and Rivers Fund will help to rehabilitate of the universally accessible Wetlands Walk boardwalk.

Dylan Fuller, a young man of pre-school age, is especially interested in getting new informational numbers posted at the ¼ mile trail. A “Buy a Board” plaque with his Dylan’s name will be added for his donation. You can have one too for $35 or more.

A special crowdfunding site at GiveGab has been created to accept on line donations until August 28, 2018. The GiveGab site can be accessed directly at https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/wetlands-walk-rehabilitation-blk-cty-consrv-dist. Once at the GiveGab site just click on “Make a Donation”

Checks or cash are also accepted through the mail or at the office of the Belknap County Conservation District, 64 Court St, Laconia, NH 03246.

Assistance is being provided by the North Country Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, so their name appears on the GiveGab crowdfunding site.

For more information, contact Jan at wetlandswalk@myfairpoint.net or 707-9760. Some of the boardwalk is safe for wheelchairs now, Belknap County Conservation District, hopes you can help make the entire loop safe again!

All programs are offered without discrimination.

Wetlands Walk at Gunstock

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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.

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

2017

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

2018

EM Heath Hardware, Ctr Harbor

Hannaford Supermarket, Gilford

Home Depot, Tilton

Osborne’s Winnisquam Agway, Belmont

Gilford Home Center, Gilford

Watermark Marine Construction, Laconia

July 24, 2018

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of J. Douglas Irving, Director of Operations at Gunstock. He worked with the Conservation District for 30 years on the Wetlands Walk and a variety of water quality, erosion control, wetland and stream restoration projects at Gunstock. His energy, ideas and cooperation will be greatly missed.

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

 

  

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 Gunstock Brook Watershed Assessment 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