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.
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We work with a wide range of partners in our mission to conserve natural resources. 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."

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Flashback Friday! Tune in every Friday to learn more about what one of the Conservation Districts in New Hampshire has b...
01/15/2021

Flashback Friday! Tune in every Friday to learn more about what one of the Conservation Districts in New Hampshire has been working on over the years! #NHdistricts75th

Flashback Friday
January 15 - DAIRY FARMING
Farming has been a way of life for the people of New Hampshire since as far back as people alive today can remember.

In 1935, most of the farms in NH produced milk, hens, and apples. There were 216 dairy farms in New Hampshire, 27 were in Sullivan County (at the time of the 2017 Census of Agriculture). There are now around 13 active dairy farms in Sullivan County (2019). #nhdistricts75th

Join us this evening (January 11, 2021) at 7:00PM to learn more about conservation activities in New Hampshire! Malin Cl...
01/11/2021
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Join us this evening (January 11, 2021) at 7:00PM to learn more about conservation activities in New Hampshire!

Malin Clyde, Nature Groupie and Greg Jordan Rockingham County UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry and Wildlife Program will be joining us.

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Cheshire County Conservation District
01/08/2021

Cheshire County Conservation District

IT’S FLASHBACK FRIDAY! #NHdistricts75th
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From us at the CCCD this week: Images of various crops grown across Cheshire County in the 1930 & 40s, to show how farming has changed in many ways over the last 75 years.

Of course, farming has also remained the same in many ways as well. From tobacco and soybeans, to rye and alfalfa. NH Conservation Districts couldn’t do what we do to ensure conservation across the granite state without our relationships with the farmers who have explored and worked the land the closest of us all.

10 Districts! 75 Years! Countless conservation successes!

Happy 75th Anniversary NH Conservation Districts!
Belknap County Conservation District Carroll County Conservation District Cheshire County Conservation District Coös County Conservation District Hillsborough County Conservation District Merrimack County Conservation District Rockingham County Conservation District Strafford County Conservation District Sullivan County Conservation District & Grafton County Conservation District

A great way to recycle your Christmas Tree after the Holidays! #recyclechristmastree #happynewyear2021
01/07/2021

A great way to recycle your Christmas Tree after the Holidays! #recyclechristmastree #happynewyear2021

Sullivan County Conservation District
01/05/2021

Sullivan County Conservation District

FLASHBACK FRIDAY - January 1
75 YEARS OF EDUCATION IN SULLIVAN COUNTY
As we were researching our history, getting ready to celebrate our 75th year anniversary, we realized that conservation education has always been a priority for the District.

In the early years, the District was led by a board of supervisors in partnership with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Cooperative Extension Staff.

According to annual reports, the board members and partners had been writing articles to educate the community about best conservation practices in farming from the beginning. In just a few years, they were averaging around 26 newspaper articles a year!

By 1949, illustrated talks were presented at community clubs and schools. Youth education became a priority of the District in 1957. There was a push for natural resources education in the local schools. The District engineer at the time, helped to create outdoor labs and nature study areas for 6 schools including Maple Avenue, Stevens Annex, and Plainfield School. And this was just the start. Learn more on our blog: https://www.sccdnh.org/blog

As you can see, SCCD has been promoting place-based education for all ages since its inception! The way it is done may look a little different now, but education has always been the foundation of this Conservation District. #NHdistricts75th

Gift 12: Future. The quality of our future depends on conservation decisions we make today. #12giftsofconservation https...
12/20/2020

Gift 12: Future. The quality of our future depends on conservation decisions we make today. #12giftsofconservation
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Gift 11: Technology. Agriculture innovations help decrease energy and water use. #12giftsofconservation https://youtu.be...
12/20/2020

Gift 11: Technology. Agriculture innovations help decrease energy and water use. #12giftsofconservation
https://youtu.be/uIw9xdTpmj4

Gift 10: Water. @USDA assists landowners to efficiently use our water resources and implement practices to improve water...
12/20/2020

Gift 10: Water. @USDA assists landowners to efficiently use our water resources and implement practices to improve water quality. #12giftsofconservation
https://youtu.be/do-AVvmDD9U

Gift 8: Recreation. Conserving nature provides recreation opportunities for the present & future. #12giftsofconservation...
12/16/2020

Gift 8: Recreation. Conserving nature provides recreation opportunities for the present & future. #12giftsofconservation
https://youtu.be/nEmK7kydefc

Gift 7: Protection. From fires to floods, conservation protects our landscapes while protecting our homes and communitie...
12/15/2020

Gift 7: Protection. From fires to floods, conservation protects our landscapes while protecting our homes and communities. #12giftsofconservation
https://youtu.be/QZhOPQHdJM8

Gift 4: Wildlife. @USDA partners with landowners to protect wildlife while keeping working lands working. #12giftsofcons...
12/12/2020

Gift 4: Wildlife. @USDA partners with landowners to protect wildlife while keeping working lands working. #12giftsofconservation #wildlife https://youtu.be/BwjGemPkGPM

Gift 3: Plants. The natural solution for many conservation challenges. #12giftsofconservation #plants https://youtu.be/J...
12/11/2020

Gift 3: Plants. The natural solution for many conservation challenges. #12giftsofconservation #plants https://youtu.be/JOiyO31rOis

Gift 2: Food. Conservation secures our food supply and help us to enjoy healthy, fresh food throughout the year. #12gift...
12/10/2020

Gift 2: Food. Conservation secures our food supply and help us to enjoy healthy, fresh food throughout the year. #12giftsofconservation #food
https://youtu.be/P4KLVo12PNs

Join us in celebrating the #12giftsofconservation this holiday season! Gift 1: Soil - healthy soil is the foundation of ...
12/09/2020

Join us in celebrating the #12giftsofconservation this holiday season! Gift 1: Soil - healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy environment. #soilhealth https://youtu.be/NLoEkcbsJLo

#WildlifeWednesday Turkey on the brain, hope everyone enjoys the holidays! This individual was spotted in Deerfield, NH
11/25/2020

#WildlifeWednesday Turkey on the brain, hope everyone enjoys the holidays! This individual was spotted in Deerfield, NH

Waves at Rye Harbor State Park #waves #ryeharborstatepark
11/22/2020

Waves at Rye Harbor State Park #waves #ryeharborstatepark

The oils causing contact dermatitis are present and active year ‘round, even without the “leaves of three” identificatio...
11/15/2020

The oils causing contact dermatitis are present and active year ‘round, even without the “leaves of three” identification on the plant!
Familiarize yourselves with poison ivy plants’ aerial roots, clearly visible this time of year, and remember all parts of the plant contain urishiol, “the culprit.” #poisonivy #themoreyouknow

Calling all vegetable producers! Help us understand if/how you use your land for conservation tillage and cover crops by...
11/12/2020
Conservation Tillage on Vegetable Farms

Calling all vegetable producers! Help us understand if/how you use your land for conservation tillage and cover crops by taking this brief survey! https://forms.gle/WV8SugQsb1CA92RHA

Thank you for helping the NH Soil Health Partnership better understand the number of acres in no-till/reduced-till & cover crops on vegetable farms in NH.

11/09/2020
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RCCD staff capture these beautiful photos of a bluebird in Chester, NH #bluebird #chesternh #nature
11/07/2020

RCCD staff capture these beautiful photos of a bluebird in Chester, NH #bluebird #chesternh #nature

Found this beautiful, rare state threatened saltmarsh agalinis (Agalinis maritima) in Rye. #conservation #threatenedspec...
10/29/2020

Found this beautiful, rare state threatened saltmarsh agalinis (Agalinis maritima) in Rye. #conservation #threatenedspecies

Cynthia Smith presenting a plaque to Bob Goodrich, thanking him for his 20 years of service on the RCCD Board. Thank you...
10/20/2020

Cynthia Smith presenting a plaque to Bob Goodrich, thanking him for his 20 years of service on the RCCD Board. Thank you Bob and shout out to Saltbox Farm in Stratham! @rockinghamccd

10/16/2020

Rockingham County Conservation District now has an Instagram! Follow us @rockinghamccd

RCCD is seeking your input! - https://mailchi.mp/25c1f40d9dd5/rccd-is-seeking-your-input
10/06/2020
RCCD is seeking your input!

RCCD is seeking your input! - https://mailchi.mp/25c1f40d9dd5/rccd-is-seeking-your-input

What is a Local Work Group Meeting? Local work group meetings allow the community to discuss conservation initiatives that are important in our area. We will compile information about the local conservation needs and use that information to help guide funding priorities for the USDA - NRCS (Natur...

Rockingham and Strafford County Conservation Districts are looking for input from the public! We are holding a Local Wor...
09/29/2020

Rockingham and Strafford County Conservation Districts are looking for input from the public!

We are holding a Local Work Group Meeting to gather information about the local conservation needs and to guide funding priorities for the USDA- NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service)

Please fill out this quick questionnaire to give us your feedback on the current conservation landscape! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScw9kcCjxQIAf_k7FR1kaPXJntjtHJblPK-OqQxZGCZOA-X2g/viewform

If you have found yourself wandering around the woods this summer, and especially after a rainy night- you might have st...
07/28/2020

If you have found yourself wandering around the woods this summer, and especially after a rainy night- you might have stumbled upon these bright (and absolutely adorable) newts bopping around.

These are Notophthalmus v. viridescens, Red-spotted Newts (often called Red efts.). Red efts are common to New England forest habitats, and are the second most widely distributed salamander across N. America. While they may be small; don't be fooled because they have a mighty life cycle journey! Red etfs mate and hatch in ponds, and then travel out of water into the terrestrial phase (as seen in photos) for up to 2-7 years while surviving off of leaf litter from the forest floor!!! They then make the brave journey back to water in which they transform into aquatic egg laying adults (with a complete lifespan of 12-15 years).

Next time you see these fellas walking about, make sure to watch your step; and give a hello to these incredible voyageurs!

Photos taken on Conservation Easements in Rockingham county during annual monitoring visits.

Rockingham County Conservation District's cover photo
07/28/2020

Rockingham County Conservation District's cover photo

07/08/2020
Blanding’s turtle

A few weeks ago, RCCD staff came across two Blanding’s turtles while monitoring a conservation easement! Both turtles were located within a few feet of a small wetland filled with salamander eggs and tadpoles. Vernal pools and other wetlands are incredibly important to this species and act as “staging areas” as the turtles travel from overwintering habitat to breeding grounds. While these turtles are out and about please remember to report your sightings to http://nhwildlifesightings.unh.edu

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!

NH Fish and Game
04/08/2020
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