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