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Funding Alert – Belknap County Delegation to cut BCCD by 1/2

The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) may see its budget cut in half by the Belknap County Delegation.  This would seriously impact the services and programs of BCCD.

Please read the Talking Points (Delegate contact information at the end of the document) and the BCCD 2015 Year-end Report.  If you think BCCD provides a valuable service PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DELEGATE BY FEBRUARY 14TH!

BCCD Funding Talking Points contact by Feb 14

2015 Year to Date Report created revised December 7 2015 with pictures

BCCD Celebrates 70 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.

Gunstock Brook

GILFORD RESIDENTS !!  Please take a moment to fill out our survey.  Your responses will guide local officials in their work addressing soil erosion and water quality in the Town of Gilford.

Link to Gunstock Brook Survey

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/858LVW5

 

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

 

BCCD 2014 Year-End Activity Report

Please click on this link to review BCCD 2014 Year-End Activity Report.

2014 Year-End Activity Report