January 2014 Conservation Connection


  Conservation Connection              Jan. 2014  

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The NH NRCS Receives The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Partner Award


Rick Ellsmore, NRCS NH State Conservationist accepts the award from TNC State Director, Mark Zankel.

January 25, 2014

Today, The Nature Conservancy recognized Rick Ellsmore and the NH NRCS with their "Conservation Partner" award. TNC State Director Mark Zankel highlighted the important financial assistance NRCS's Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) provided to protect critical Great Bay property, as well as the help received from the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) for the Ossippee Pine Barrens ecological management and prescribed fire work project.  Without the NRCS, there was "almost no chance" this work would be completed, said Mr. Zankel.  He also commended NRCS for helping with the Great Bay Oyster Restoration project, particularly in the lean years when NRCS provided the only federal funding for the project.  Mr. Zankel, in giving the award to Mr. Ellsmore, said, "The NH NRCS staff and leadership are incredibly flexible and solution oriented", making NRCS is a collaborative and effective partner that helps to achieve the shared goal of conserving New Hampshire’s environment.  Rick Ellsmore accepted the award, thanked TNC for their strong partnership, and told the group that the new Farm Bill continues to have significant support for conservation programs.  

Join A Local and National Conversation on Cover Crop and Soil Health February 18, 2014

Cover Crop in Corn Vermont

You are invited to attend a free day-long workshop on cover crops and soil health at the NH Audubon Center in Concord, NH, featuring local experts and a live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops.      More

NRCS NH Expands Financial Assistance for High Tunnels

Previously, NRCS financial assistance for a high tunnel in New Hampshire was capped at a maximum of 2178 square feet per agricultural operation.  In fiscal year 2014, an eligible agricultural operation may apply for financial assistance for an additional 2178 square feet per fiscal year. 

High Tunnel Fact Sheet

High Tunnel

New Hampshire Has Been Selected to Participate in a National Water Quality Pilot Project by the NRCS 

Water Quality

The NRCS and the U.S. Forest Service will combine forces to improve water quality in Carroll and Grafton Counties. The two areas selected: (1) Wildcat Brook, East Branch, Lower Bartlett/North Conway, Bartlett tributaries, Rocky Branch, and Ellis River watersheds and (2) West Branch Brook, Mad River, Hubbard Brook to Mill Brook, Eastman Brook, and Glover Brook watersheds have a number of public water withdrawal sites with private and public land ownership. Conservation practices that improve water quality in these areas will receive funding priority.

NRCS NH Bids Farewell, Welcome, and Welcome Back


This month we bid a fond farewell to Jim Spielman, Assistant State Conservationist for Operations, after 43 of exemplary service with the NRCS, along with Lee Green, District Conservationist who is transferring to the Georgia NRCS.  We wish both Jim and Lee all the best. 

Steve Pytlik, District Conservationist in Walpole will be Acting District Conservationist in Concord and Deb Weymouth, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs will supervise the District Conservationists.

We are also pleased to welcome back Chris Powles, Soil Conservationist in Concord, from the Maryland NRCS and Tom Ebert, Soil Conservationist in Orford, from the Colorado NRCS. 

Finally, congratulations to Matt Larkin who is now a Soil Conservationist in Epping.

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.


"During his lifelong struggle for justice and equality, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., . . . led a Nation to the mountaintop."

Read entire Presidential Proclamation

Temple Grandin

Renowned CSU animal behavior professor, author, and one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2010, Temple Grandin, was diagnosed with autism at a young age.


January is National Mentoring Month


Presidential Proclamation

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

 The NRCS NH Health and Wellness website page has been updated to include information on:

Featured Photos - Old Mill Gravel Pit Before and After NRCS WRP Project

By Don Keirstead, Resource Conservationist - Ecology

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NOFA-NH's 12th Annual Winter Conference, February 1 & 2, 2014 in Concord

NH Farm and Forest Expo, February 7 & 8, 2014 in Manchester

Women in Ag Conference, February 7th at the NH Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester

Applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program are due February 7, 2014

Cover Crop and Soil Health Workshop, February 18, 2014 in Concord

Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference, April 29 and 30, 2014 in Newport, RI

Cheshire County Conservation District Annual Plant Sale -- Deadline for Orders is March 12, 2014