Rockingham County Conservation District

Rockingham County Conservation District The RCCD delivers natural resource conservation services at the local level by coordinating funding and natural resource professionals to design and implement projects. We work with a wide range of partners in our mission to conserve natural resources.
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The Rockingham County Conservation District (RCCD) was established in 1946 as one of approximately 3,000 conservation districts created nationwide in the mid-1940’s. These organizations were established to help combat the devastating soil erosion and sedimentation occurring around the country at the time. Some of what we do today is similar to what was done in the early days of the RCCD. In the original 1946 work plan, one of the top priorities of the District was making equipment available to farmers. In those days, however, it was heavy equipment for clearing pastures and draining wetlands. Things have changed. We are no longer in the business of draining wetlands! Today, making equipment available to farmers is still a priority; however, the specialized agricultural implements that we are renting allow farmers to work on improving soil health and to steward the land in environmentally sustainable ways.

Mission: "Our mission is to conserve and sustain the natural environment for present and future generations by working to make wise land use decisions."

Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NEPARC)
05/21/2020

Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NEPARC)

“Because Wood Turtles don’t have some of the same tricks up their shells as Painted and Snapping Turtles, they are greatly limited in the sorts of places they can overwinter. Clean flowing water with high levels of oxygen all winter is absolutely critical to the survival of this species, which is why restoring healthy buffers along rivers to the greatest extent possible is an important conservation strategy for this species."

https://www.oriannesociety.org/faces-of-the-forest/trapped-under-the-ice-but-breathing-just-fine-how-clean-water-is-critical-to-wood-turtle-survival-in-the-winter/?fbclid=IwAR1UOB8HUn0JeuvWdVDB53yPQ3jG073-CPzaTV_MCCXXQ5IP0qQL3gVpGts

Great Bay's Community Wildlife Garden
04/29/2020

Great Bay's Community Wildlife Garden

Thank you Strafford County Conservation District for being kind enough to donate some young cinnamon ferns to the garden. They were planted in our "fern forest" today and we can't wait to watch them grow!

04/08/2020
NH Fish and Game

NH Fish and Game

Looking for something to watch ? Check out NH Fish and Game on PBS's "Nature" tonight!

UNH Extension
04/07/2020
UNH Extension

UNH Extension

We gotta admit that we love this post about how Americans are rediscovering the healing power of nature during this crisis. "Heal it can. Mounting research shows that spending time in nature — even just 20 minutes per day — can lower stress hormone levels and improve your sense of well-being." http://unh.me/2Ntl50z3aF7

Trout Sale Update: The 2020 Trout Sale is still scheduled to take place April 25th, but we are making some changes to en...
04/02/2020

Trout Sale Update:

The 2020 Trout Sale is still scheduled to take place April 25th, but we are making some changes to ensure everyone’s safety.

For trout sale pickups: (anyone ordering 6-8-inch trout) It will be a “curbside” pickup at the RCCD parking lot, meaning we will be asking everyone picking up to stay in their cars. Delivery will be available for any person ordering 6-8 inch trout that are over 65 or for anyone with underlying health conditions. Please indicate on your forms if you require delivery or contact the RCCD directly.

For trout sale deliveries: (anyone ordering 10-12 inch) You do not have to present for the delivery if you choose, they will drop the fish off and place a flag at the pond to indicate that the trout have been delivered.

For any questions please email RCCD at [email protected].

For more information and copies of the order form please visit our website http://www.rockinghamccd.org/workshops-events/trout-sale/

03/30/2020
Game Camera Wildlife

A few wildlife videos from an RCCD staff member's game camera to help brighten this Monday!

The RCCD is now accepting orders for its annual trout sale fundraiser to support local conservation projects. Rainbow an...
03/10/2020

The RCCD is now accepting orders for its annual trout sale fundraiser to support local conservation projects. Rainbow and brook trout are available for backyard pond stocking in lengths of 6-8 inches and 10-12 inches. Orders must be placed by Tuesday April 21st, 2020.

General Guidelines and Habitat Requirements:
- A ¼ acre pond with a depth of 8 ft. that is full all summer with fresh water may support 100 fish.
- The cleaner the water, the better, best to see 6ft down.
- Pond surface temp should not be greater than 72°F at the hottest time.
-Brook trout need cold, oxygenated water (@ 45° to 60° F) and therefore are not recommended for ponds that don't meet this criteria
-Rainbows tolerate warmer temperatures (@ 55° to 65° F) and tend to be hardier.
-Best pH range is 6 to 7 (brook trout at lower end; rainbow at higher).
-New ponds should not be stocked for at least one year.
-Use floating trout feed in newer ponds until they are established.

For more information and copies of the order form please visit our website http://www.rockinghamccd.org/workshops-events/trout-sale/

Please be aware that the trout sale is intended for stocking “backyard ponds” non-public bodies of water that are closed systems.

Thank you for supporting your local Conservation District!

Rockingham County Conservation District's cover photo
02/21/2020

Rockingham County Conservation District's cover photo

02/04/2020

Did you know that NH Farm, Forest, & Garden Expo is next week!
Are you going? Be sure to check out the ‘New Hampshire No-Till Solutions’ from the NH Soil Health Partnership program! Our friends from our local USDA-NRCS, UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts, and NHSCC will be there! We'll see you there!

Check out the launch of the NH Farm Future Fund!
11/21/2019

Check out the launch of the NH Farm Future Fund!

We are excited to announce the start of a new grant program available to NH Land Trusts in 2020!

The mission of the NH Farm Future Fund is to provide funding for farm viability planning in concert with the conservation of important agricultural soils. This program will leverage the singular opportunity of putting a conservation easement on farmland to also invest in the future viability of the farm business. The goal of this fund is to ensure that farmland is conserved, productive, and available for future generations.​

Visit our website for more information ➡️ www.cheshireconservation.org/nhfarmfuturefund

11/20/2019
Wildlife Encounters Odiorne

Happy #wildlifewednesday!

This resident red-tailed hawk is a frequent onlooker while we work on habitat restoration at #odiornepointstatepark. You have to wonder if the hawk has caught on and is taking advantage of an easy meal by waiting patiently as we clamper through the brush and send rodents scurrying. Apparently though, this is what happens when I try to get a beautiful close up of NH's native wildlife🤣

Herpetology Weekend
09/10/2019

Herpetology Weekend

Did you know that female Rattlesnakes are excellent mothers? Yesterday morning, we encountered this female Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) with five newborn babies. Studies in recent years have shown that unlike many snake species, Rattlesnakes do not leave their offspring immediately after birth, but will stay with her young for some time until they disperse and leave on their own. During this time, the babies will hold close to Mom, using her for protection and even drinking drops of dew or rain off of her scales. One thing that you can't call a rattlesnake is a bad mother!

Great to see the increase of milkweed and pollinators at some of the sites this year!
08/26/2019

Great to see the increase of milkweed and pollinators at some of the sites this year!

NH Eat Local Month
08/19/2019
NH Eat Local Month

NH Eat Local Month

During NH Eat Local Month, we’re encouraging all of New Hampshire to take a pledge to spend $5 a week on locally produced foods. $5 might not seem like a lot, but if every person in New Hampshire dedicated $5 of their grocery money each week to local foods, we would contribute over $338 million back into the state’s economy. #nheatlocalmonth

Sign up today to join the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative and explore your local conserved lands, discover the sour...
08/16/2019

Sign up today to join the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative and explore your local conserved lands, discover the source of your drinking water, and learn how communities, local businesses, and partners are protecting your river and supporting clean water. The event will be on Tuesday August 20th, 9:00am to 4:00pm. A bus will be available to bring participants from site to site. Register here:
https://salmonfalls.eventbrite.com

Watch your step out there, its nesting season!
05/16/2019

Watch your step out there, its nesting season!

A little late but I wanted to thank everyone that participated in this year’s trout sale! This family was kind enough to...
05/15/2019

A little late but I wanted to thank everyone that participated in this year’s trout sale! This family was kind enough to show off some of their past catches!

Thank you Phillips Exeter Academy for braving the cold weather to assist with #coastaldunerestoration efforts at Odiorne...
05/06/2019

Thank you Phillips Exeter Academy for braving the cold weather to assist with #coastaldunerestoration efforts at Odiorne Point State Park. This effort included planting 300 native American beach grass bare root plants along the dunes encompassing the Park's globally rare coastal salt pond marsh.

Coastal sand dunes are rare in NH and provide the front lines of coastal storm defense by absorbing wave energy and reducing the extent of coastal flooding and erosion.

American beach grass like many native dune plants have extensive root systems that act as a natural defense system against erosion, allowing dunes to persist and even grow over time.

Over 80% of New Hampshire's native dunes have been lost due to human activities including development, which not only puts these critical resources at risk, but also wildlife species that are dependent on coastal dune habitat.

We would also like to thank Kevin Lucy and Kristin Howard from the NH Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program for their support on this project, and for the ongoing support of restoration efforts at Odiorne.

04/22/2019
A big thank you to our co-presenter Jeremy Lougee from SELT - Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, Barbara Ritchter fr...
04/17/2019
Rockingham County Conservation District

A big thank you to our co-presenter Jeremy Lougee from SELT - Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, Barbara Ritchter from New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions who helped make this workshop happen, and to all of you that came out last night to discuss stewardship of conservation properties for agricultural practices.
For more information about our upcoming workshops and events please visit our website: http://www.rockinghamccd.org/workshops-events/

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The RCCD is now accepting orders for its annual trout sale fundraiser to support local conservation projects. Rainbow an...
03/25/2019

The RCCD is now accepting orders for its annual trout sale fundraiser to support local conservation projects. Rainbow and brook trout are available for backyard pond stocking in lengths of 6-8 inches and 10-12 inches. Orders must be placed by Tuesday April 23rd, 2019.

For more information and copies of the order form please visit our website http://www.rockinghamccd.org/workshops-events/trout-sale/

Please be aware that the trout sale is intended for stocking “backyard ponds” non-public bodies of water that are closed systems.

Thank you for supporting your local Conservation District!

Harris Center for Conservation Education
03/20/2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Today is not only the vernal equinox (WELCOME SPRING!), it's also World Frog Day. It won't be long before these beauties are serenading in their woodland pools...

03/19/2019
New Hampshire PBS

New Hampshire PBS

When snowy owls land at Boston’s Logan Airport, Norman Smith gives the birds a one-way flight out.

Easement Monitoring: Signs of Wildlife
02/07/2019

Easement Monitoring: Signs of Wildlife

UNH Extension
11/06/2018

UNH Extension

Our local wildlife need your help! Join us (and other experts!) on 12/7 in Laconia for a day of learning, action planning and interactive discussion about climate change and wildlife. You'll learn about land protection, flood plains and buffers, stream crossings, community planning/engagement, renewable energy and more. https://takingactionforwildlife.org/climate

11/05/2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

November is Manatee Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to celebrate these gentle giants and the conservation efforts to protect them. The average adult manatee is up to 14 feet long and can weigh up to 3,000 pounds. Manatees are indicator species -- that means when manatees are thriving, their immediate environment is flourishing with life. While in the 1970s, there were just a few hundred manatees, conservation efforts have helped this species rebound.

Today, the range-wide population is estimated to be at least 13,000 manatees with more than 6,500 in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

Video by USFWS

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Brentwood, NH
03833

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Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00

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