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Belknap County Conservation District
Mailing address and office location: 64 Court Street, Laconia, NH 03246
REGISTER TODAY – October 17th – Stream Restoration Conf. October 18th NHACD Meeting & Local Foods Dialogue
On October 17th join BCCD at Gunstock Mountain Resort, Route 11A, Gilford, NH for an all day conference on Stream Restoration. Up to 5 CEU credits for NH Assn. of Natural Resource Scientists depending on level of participation at the conference. Certificates of attendance will be given.
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On October 18th join the NH Assn. of Conservation Districts at Margate Resort, 76 Lake Street, Laconia, NH for a morning to lunch meeting for an overview of Conservation District activities and a Local Food Dialogue with guest panelists focused on how they build local food distribution networks.
Contact the BCCD Program Coordinator, Lisa Morin at email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (603) 527-5880 for more information.
Fall Bulb Sale – Pickup Info
Orders can be picked up on Friday, October 4th between 4-6 PM at the BCCD office, 64 Court Street, Laconia, NH OR Saturday, October 5th between 9 and 11 AM at Picnic Rock Farm, 85 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH
BCCD Receives 2019 New England Forest and Rivers Grant!
The Belknap County Conservation District, in partnership with the Carroll County Conservation District, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service received its third New England Forest and Rivers grant to restore streams with native eastern brook trout populations in the Winnipesaukee and Saco Watersheds of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. This is being done using in-stream large wood installations to improve stream function, water quality and pool habitat. Project will partner with local communities and landowners to restore five priority stream demonstration sites totaling 7.7 miles that were selected by conservation partners and state and federal agencies
Upper Gunstock Brook Instream Wood Project to Completed!
The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD), working with Trout Unlimited and with permission from landowners, completed an instream wood project in the upper section of Gunstock Brook between Gilford Glen Road and Hoyt Road. Felled trees were secured within the brook’s flow at pre-determined locations to help decrease soil erosion and the potential for flooding downstream, and increase habitat and food sources for fish species of interest such as Eastern Brook Trout. To review the Gunstock Brook Assessment please click on the document below.Click on the document to download
An additional document for your interest is a USDA Guide for Instream Wood. Click on the document below to download.
Wetlands Walk Donations
Contact Person: Jan Hooper
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 email@example.com 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!
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Wetlands Walk at Gunstock
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
NH Fish & Game
Student Conservation Association, Claremont
Blue Moon Environmental, Gilmanton
Maritime Construction and Engineering, Cape Neddick, ME
Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Concord, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia, Moultonborough, Newburyport, MA
Middleton/ LaValley Building Supply, Meredith
Trustworthy Hardware, Laconia
EM Heath Hardware and Supermarket, Ctr Harbor
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
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.
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!
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.