To The Daily Sun,
The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) celebrated its 70th year helping landowners, communities and other organizations conserve soil and water resources. We have a lot of folks to thank for our success and also want to invite the public to attend our annual meeting Oct. 15.
2016 accomplishments include:
— Meeting with Belknap County communities to identify future projects and conservation priorities.
— Assisting Laconia, and Gilford with Jewett and Gunstock brooks, and Meredith with a wetlands project.
— Hosting conservation workshops and recent public information meetings on protecting groundwater and aquifers in Alton and Belmont-Tilton-Northfield area.
— Working with schools on conservation projects, providing soil and water talks, and staff for N.H. Envirothon.
— Spring and Fall Conservation Plant and Bulb Sales.
— Partnering with Small and Beginning Farmers of New Hampshire on the Opechee Hayfield and seeking grants to improve a community garden there.
— Continuing coordination on Belknap County's Seasonal High Tunnel and pollinator garden donated by BCCD.
— Receiving grant for conservation demonstration projects at Gunstock Recreation Area including forest plan revision and habitat planning, and renewing Wetlands Boardwalk where we hosted three volunteer work days this summer.
— Drafting conservation grant applications for Barnsted, Belmont, Gilford and Belknap County focused on stream restoration, improving fish and wildlife habitat and pollinators.
All of these BCCD efforts rely heavily on volunteers and cooperation with local communities, landowners, Belknap County and partnering with other organizations. So whether you helped pack shrubs for the plant sale, helped on a Wetlands Walk work day, participated in a meeting or workshop, planted seeds for Pumpkin Fest, donated produce from your garden or contributed funds to our annual campaign, we just want to express our thanks for a successful year. There were requests we could not meet due to our reduced budget in 2016. We'll work hard to address these needs in the future. Your support for the Belknap County Conservation District matters.
We invite anyone who is interested in natural resource conservation to participate in our programs and to learn more about what we do. Our website is www.belknapccd.org.
Belknap County Conservation District Board of Supervisors
Donna Hepp, Chair – Belmont
Dean Anson – Laconia, Ken Kettenring – New Hampton
Earl Chase – Barnstead, Aaron Litchfield – Alton – Associate Supervisor
John Hodsdon - Meredith