To The Daily Sun,
The 2016 plant sale hosted by Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) drew strong interest from county residents. Our plant orders are up 160 percent from last year. Many folks stopped by to pick up perennials, berry plants, shrubs, trees and even trout for their ponds on April 29-May 1. Everyone received a card thanking them for their support with conservation tips and a packet of pumpkin seeds.
BCCD appreciates local support for the plant sale which is a fund-raiser for the district and an opportunity to connect with county residents interested in learning more about they can conserve natural resources on their land. We can all make a difference in improving the environment by planting trees or growing our own food.
We offer special thanks to the Gilmanton Iron Works Fire Department and Picnic Rock Farms in Meredith, who offered great locations for our plant sale. Thanks also to our volunteers including Jan Hooper, Shirley Stokes, Quinn Broulliard, and a great crew from Belknap-Merrimack Community Action program Work Place Success that helped prepare plants for sale, and Gator Signs for a new banner for the sale. Lisa Morin, BCCD Program Coordinator worked long hours coordinating the event and packaging plants.
Now we look forward to hearing stories next year on how well the planting went and hopefully, to see the BCCD seeds produce some pumpkins that make their way to the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia on Oct. 22.
Your support for the Belknap County Conservation District matters. Our mission is to help landowners, communities and other organizations conserve soil, water and the natural resources of Belknap County.
BCCD achieves its mission by:
— Identifying critical natural resource conservation issues and needs.
— Initiating projects that demonstrate conservation best practices.
— Delivering conservation information and training.
— Creating access to technical and financial resources that enable conservation action
From our annual plant sale, to stream restoration projects, to community workshops on protecting water resources, to assistance with grants to towns and landowners, BCCD is committed to serving our county.
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 at www.belknapccd.org/
Belknap County Conservation
District Board of Supervisors
Donna Hepp, Chair – Belmont
Dean Anson – Laconia
Earl Chase - Barnstead
John Hodsdon - Meredith
Ken Kettenring – New Hampton
Aaron Litchfield – Alton – Associate Supervisor
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