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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

  BCCD Road Side Plant Sale!

The Belknap County Conservation District is holding its annual Road Side Plant Sale.  The sale consists of plant sale inventory that is in addition to the pre-paid plant sale orders.  We will be a Picnic Rock Farm, Route #3 in Meredith, NH on the following dates and time, or until the plants are gone… which ever comes first!  From 5 to 7 PM on Monday (April 30), Tuesday (May 1), Wednesday (May 2), Friday (May 4) and if we still have plants on Saturday (May 5) and Sunday (May 6) from 10 AM to 2 PM. 

   Click on the page below to see the descriptions of the plants… not all plants will be available.

thumbnail of 2018 Plant Sale DescriptionsPlant Sale Description (click on the page to the left)

 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.




NH Aquatic Restoration Mapper Workshop – May 21st – Web Soil Survey Included

On May 21st from 9:30 to 1:30 at the Lakes Region Community College on Route 106 in Belmont, BCCD will be hosting an hands-on workshop covering Web Soil Survey and the new NH Aquatic Restoration Mapper.  Workshop presenters will be Karen Dudley of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Cheryl Bondi of the NH Department of Environmental Services – Geological Survey.  There is a $5 fee to attend.  Please register by downloading and mailing in the registration form below.

Click on the image of workshop flyer below to download.  Please fill out the form and mail to: BCCD, 64 Court Street, Laconia, NH 03246 by May 17th.

thumbnail of WSS & ARM Workshop flyer-May 21 2018

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 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!

Gilford – Gunstock_Brook SGA Report_final_July09_2012_reduced file size second save of file GunstockBk SGA _AppendixA

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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