Telephone: (603) 353-4652

Grafton County Conservation District

The Grafton County Conservation District assists interested land users with technical, educational and financial conservation services to protect, improve and sustain our natural resources.
 

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Grafton County Conservation District Supervisors meet the third Wednesday of the month at the Grafton County Complex, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill.  Call Pam for the next meeting time.  (603) 353-4652

Farmland Conservation, Thursday, January 31, 2019, 1 – 3 pm, UNH Cooperative Extension Conference Room, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH

Interested in learning more about farmland conservation?  If you own or rent farmland in the towns of Bath, Haverhill, Piermont, Orford, Lyme, Dorchester, Hanover, Canaan, Orange, Lebanon, Enfield and Grafton (Upper Valley Land Trust service area) please join us for an informative session as we introduce our new Upper Valley Farmland Protection Initiative, a Regional Conservation Partnership Program, and discuss the process and benefits of farmland conservation. Our partners will also introduce and discuss components of farmland viability such as farmland access, succession planning, and other programs available to farmers in the Upper Valley.

Sponsored by the Upper Valley Land Trust in partnership with the Grafton County Conservation District, Vital Communities, and Land for Good.

Soil Health Champions No-Till Discussion, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 1 -3 pm, Tullando Farm, 193 Route 10, Orford, NH

Are you interested in going no-till but have questions about the techniques and equipment involved? Have you tried no-till and want to troubleshoot your challenges with other farmers? Or, are you getting the hang of no-till and want to help other farmers get started?

Join us for a lively farmer-to-farmer peer discussion on the no-till transition process. Topics will include the economics of going no-till, successes and problems encountered, terminating cover crops, controlling weeds, and more. The focus will be on no-till silage and sweet corn (and squash or other large seed cash crops).  We’ll also discuss financial support and assistance opportunities for no-till farmers, including: No-till planter rentals and retrofits, NRCS conservation programs, On-farm technical help.

Participate in s Soil Health Champions No-Till Discussion and be entered in a raffle to win 2 tickets to the 2020 National No-Till Conference! For details and to register for raffle tickets visit NH Soil Health website: http://nhsoilhealth.org/2019/01/10/2-1-19-notill-event/

Caring for Wild Apple Trees and Crop Trees for Wildlife and Timber, Friday February 22, 2019 1 – 3 pm, UNH Cooperative Extension Conference Room, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH

Caring for Wild Apple Trees and Crop Trees for Wildlife and Timber is a Grafton County Conservation District (GCCD) workshop geared toward landowners who want to learn more about managing wild apple trees, identifying and managing crop trees, and how to help them grow better for wildlife, timber production, and other purposes.

Are you wondering how to improve your woodlot for wildlife, increase the growth and value of your timber, or just want healthy, vigorous trees growing in your forest? Do you have apple trees growing in your woods or a crowded stand of trees? Join Tom Ebert, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist, and Jim Frohn, Grafton County Forester with UNH Cooperative Extension and learn about the concepts of caring for wild apple trees to benefit wildlife, as well as the concepts of crop tree management for a variety of benefits including, wildlife, timber, and other forest stewardship goals.

Landowners are often encouraged to contact NRCS or UNH Cooperative Extension for a woodlot visit to learn about conservation practices that can enhance wildlife habitat, forest vigor, quality, and value.  NRCS offers technical and cost-share assistance to eligible landowners for several conservation practices that improve forest and wildlife habitat.

The 2019 GCCD Plant Sale offers a variety of shrubs great for wildlife food and cover, pollinators and buffers.  We have balsam and Fraser fir, wildlife shrubs, apples, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and hardwood trees.  Plant Sale information will be available at the workshop, or can be requested by calling Pam at (603) 353-4652.

Hands-On Web Soil Survey Workshop: How to Access NH Soils Information on the Web, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 1 – 4 pm, (snow date February 27, 2019), UNH Cooperative Extension Conference Room, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH

Karen Dudley, Soil Scientist, USDA NRCS will discuss NRCS maps, how soil surveys were made and how they are to be used.  We’ll take a look at the Web Soil Survey online tool, and learn how to use it.  We will have a guided activity using Web Soil Survey to create soil maps.  You may bring a laptop computer for this program.  There will time to answer questions about your Web Soil Survey mapping needs.

Planting and Pruning Workshop, Friday, April 26, 2019, 5 – 7 pm, Windy Ridge Orchard, 1775 Benton Road, North Haverhill, NH

Please join us at Windy Ridge Orchard for our Planting and Pruning Workshop.  Our host, Dick Fabrizio, will demonstrate planting and pruning methods for apple trees, and share his knowledge and expertise on apple tree care.  Jim Frohn, UNH Cooperative Extension Forest Resources Educator, will demonstrate planting techniques and discuss site considerations.  Dick and Jim are ready to answer your questions.  Feel free to join us at this informal, but informational workshop.  If you have a Conservation Plant Sale order, it may be picked up before the workshop, starting at 4:00pm.