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Fundraising For The Wetlands Walk

Click the link below to go to the on-line fundraising webpage for the Wetlands Walk

DEADLINE for On-Line July 20

https://www.givegab.com/nonprofits/new-hampshire-resource-conservation-and-developmentcouncil/campaigns/bccd-wetland-walk-reconstruction-at-gunstock 

The Wetlands Walk is a ¼ mile elevated boardwalk that winds its way through an accessible and beautiful little wetlands near the campground at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford. Visitors to the Wetlands Walk are privileged to see and hear many of our local bird species, see evidence of recent beaver activity, enjoy looking flowering wetlands plants, and can rest on one of the many benches located along the way.  The boardwalk was constructed 20 years ago by the many, many dedicated volunteers of the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD), in partnership with Gunstock, and was funded through multiple grants and donations.

The boardwalk was built to be ‘universally accessible’ to include visitors who may have need of a wheelchair and/or have impaired vision. Over the years our New England weather, shifting of wetland soils, and use have left their mark on the boardwalk and in some spots it is not no longer considered ‘universally accessible’.  BCCD is partnering with the North Country Resources Conservation and Development Area Council to raise funds for needed upgrades to the boardwalk using an on-line campaign.

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 2016 Annual Report 2016 Year to Date Report for website

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  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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Wetlands Walk Boardwalk – Buy A Board Fundraiser

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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 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.

Green Roof for Small Structures BCCD Handout

Green Roof Dog House with Friends Green Roof Dog House Plantings