May 2018 NH Conservation Connection

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Application deadline

NRCS Program Deadlines:

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Hampshire has announced application evaluation cut-off dates of June 15, 2018 and July 20, 2018 for the Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (for New England Cottontail and National Water Quality Initiatives only).  Press Release

Applications for all programs are accepted on a continuous basis and will be evaluated and ranked in the next fiscal year.    


Need Help Applying for NRCS Programs?

Contact your local USDA Service Center

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NRCS NH Jobs Currently Advertised - Applications Due June 5th

District Conservationist position in Concord, serving Hillsborough and Merrimack Counties (GS 11/12 open to NRCS candidates only) 

Soil Conservationist in Orford, serving Grafton County (GS 5/7/9 open to all) 

Farm Bill Program Assistant  in Lancaster, serving Coos, Carroll and Grafton Counties (GS 5-7 open to all)



NRCS NH Welcomes New Staff:

Stacy Cooper, Soil Conservationist in the Orford Field Office

Kim Bakker, Soil Conservationist in the Milford Field Office

Brianna Belisle, Soil Conservationist in the Concord Field Office
Jonathan Meadows, Pathways Student Trainee, Soil Conservation, in the Walpole Field Office
Bryan Sullivan, Pathways Student Trainee, Soil Conservation, in the Concord Field Office

Hannah Merrill, Pathways Student Trainee, Soil Conservation, in the Epping Field Office

Kensley Hammond, Pathways Student Trainee, Soil Conservation, in the Lancaster Field Office


May is National Wetlands Month

May is the perfect time to celebrate one of nature’s most productive ecosystems. This year, NRCS celebrates 25 years of protecting wetlands. During this time, NRCS has helped thousands of landowners enroll acreage – in record numbers – to protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on their property.

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Conant High School Wins NH Envirothon

NRCS helps with the soils component of the NH Envirothon.  This year was no exception for Peter Whitcomb, NRCS Assistant State Soil Scientist.  Rick Ellsmore, NH State Conservationist also attended this important learning event to highlight the importance of the Envirothon for NH high school students and thank the NH Association of Conservation Districts for always sponsoring the event.

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NRCS Soil Conservationist Wendy Ward Shares Her Expertise With the Public at the Upcoming Events:

Sat June 2nd – Birding and bird ID and their habitats at Distant Hills Garden Walpole – partner: Cheshire County Conservation District

Sat June 2nd – Volunteer planting day at Ballou conservation easement. Restoration of a floodplain forest habitat and funding opportunities with EQIP and ALE. Swanzey, NH. Partner: The Nature Conservancy

Sun June 3rd – Naturalist hike looking at birds, wildflowers, plant communities including the locally rare Tupelo Swamp & habitat management. Horatio Colony Preserve, Keene. partner: Cheshire County Conservation District & Antioch University.

Saturday June 9th - – Birding and bird ID and their habitats and Young Forest management for timber and wildlife at Moody Park Claremont, NH partner: UNH Coop Ext and city of Claremont.


    NRCS Soil Conservationist Kim McCabe Teaches Fourth Graders About Soil Conservation

    On May 15th, Kim McCabe visited the 4th graders at Shaker Road School in Concord, NH where the class had a great time learning about natural resources, soil, conservation, and the equipment that NRCS uses to accomplish its jobs.  The highlight for them was some hands-on activities using NRCS equipment and digging a soil profile in the mud.  The visit was finished with a soil profile of pudding.

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    Pollinator Talk Held at the Bohanan Farm

    Eric Venturini from The Xerces Society and Kim McCabe, NRCS Soil Conservationist, met with students at the Bohanan Farm from St. Paul’s school and had a great discussion about pollinators.  Everyone was able to capture a specimen for the discussion which were released after being Identified.  In addition, the students asked questions about the Farm.  After the discussion with students, Jamie Robertson, Eric, representatives from St. Paul’s and Kim discussed a large proposed pollinator habitat that Jamie hopes to install on the St. Paul’s School property.

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    May Cultural Resources Training

    By Peter Whitcomb


    Dave Trubey, the Review and Compliance Coordinator with SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office), provided NRCS staff with insights and guidance on the Section 106 process on a beautiful spring day.   

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    NRCS NH Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week

    During the week of May 6 - 12, NRCS offices in NH held potluck lunches for employees to join together to celebrate the work they accomplish as public servants.  

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    Bringing Back Brookies: Improving Stream Habitat for Brook Trout, NH Cooperative Extension Newsletter, Spring 2018

    Over 50 Types of Vegetables, Flowers, Herbs, Offered to CSA Members, Monadnock Shopper News, May 16-22, 2018

    [NRCS Earth Team] Volunteers Plant 6,000 Trees for Arbor Day, Morning Ag Clips, April 30, 2018


    Calendar of Events

    June 02, 2018    Guided Bird Walk

    June 02, 2018    Volunteer Planting Day

    June 03, 2018    Wildflower & Plant Community Hike

    June 07, 2018    Brookdale Farms Open House

    June 08, 2018    Distant Hills Bloom Tour

    June 09, 2018    Soil Fun Day

    June 09, 2018    Bird Watching Walk at Moody Park    

    June 12, 2018    Meet Shawn Jasper, NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food

    June 16, 2018    Army Corps Pollinator Garden Opening Day Celebration

    June 22, 2018    Herpetology Basics with an Emphasis on the Reptiles of Southern New Hampshire

    June 23, 2018    SAVE THE DATE: Family Scavenger Hunt

    August 01, 2018 - August 31, 2018    Monadnock Farm Tour

    August 11, 2018    16th Annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival

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    Photo by Keri Neal