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Helping individuals, groups & communities conserve their land and water by providing education, information, workshops and technical assistance.

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  • RAP's will affect all small farmers - have a voice and attend this meeting
  • Feb 24 - noon - Cavendish Town Hall

The ONRCD stream table for     



Town Meetings

Educational Programs.









If you have interest in having the stream table at your event,

please contact ONRCD1@GMAIL.COM 



Lesson Packet for Grades 4-6  download as a PDF

developed by

Jenna Guarino - Ecotone Education - REVISED 4/2015

We hope you get to see us in action in 2016 !


 June 4 - Trek to Taste - Woodstock, VT

    October - Springfield Apple Festival - Springfield, VT


ONRCD monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month and are open to all

Horse Management



Join our Face Book page -  VT Horse Farm Management


  • Updates on RAP's
  • Manure management workshops and references
  • Connect with other horse owners for questions on management practices

ONRCD skidder bridge in use at the Springfield Town Forest- Feb 2012






              HEAVY DUTY DESIGN




Upcoming Projects

Building Resilience in Vermont's Watersheds - High Meadows Grant

Trees for Streams -looking for sites to be plantedin 2017

Skidder Bridge - 2 heavy duty bridges now available,

Ongoing Projects

River Bank Buffer Plantings

ONRCD has received a Trees for Streams grant to provide trees along unprotected stream banks.  Plantings will be spring of 2016 two locations approved for this grant.

  Please contact ONRCD1@gmail.com should you have interest in participating in this program for 2017.

Students participated in planting at Quechee Park - Hartford, VT

Riparian buffers will help a stream damaged by TS Irene to repair itself 



Digging out silted in trees and planting 30+ white pines - October 2011   - May 2012 50% survival!            






                    October 2012

(Front row) Larry Kasden of the Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District and a Willow tree.
Middle row, from left to right is - Ben Lefebvre (TU member), Lindsey Lefebvre (TU Board member), Todd Menees (VT Agency of Natural Resources), Ben McLean (Billings Farm & Museum), and (Ron Rhodes, Connecticut River Watershed Council and TU Bd. member).In the back are William and Brian Burkholder (TU member) and Steve Rowe (TU member

May 2013

TS Irene caused havoc with the Ottauquechee River through Woodstock, VT.  It took weeks before the field was passable to determine the damage along the planted bank.  Happily, the bank held, however the hardwood and pine plantings up on the bank were so silted over they would not survive.  ONRCD joined forces with Trout Unlimited and Billings Farm and planted white pine saplings and dug out and replanted numerous trees on Oct 30, 2011. This spring most of the trees have survived.  ONRCD partnered with Connecticut River Watershed Council, Upper Valley Trout Unlimited, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Billings Farm to plant an additional 200 trees on October 27, 2012.  The buffer was expanded by 35 feet along the bank of the Ottauquechee River on May 3, 2013.


Canaday Foundation donation of trees for TS Irene damage

May 25, 2013





140 trees were planted along Piney Hollow Brook, Plymouth, VT



October 2013

River Bank Tree Planting, Woodstock
The Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District teamed up with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Intervale Center to plant 400 trees on riverbank in West Woodstock. There has been 1400 trees planted in our area and over 12,000 total statewide. The purpose of the planting is to prevent banks from being undercut during flooding








Retired forester Dick Nason entertained 75 attendees on Jan 18, 2014 with stories of logging with handsaws and horses

       Dick showed slides and movies showing methods no longer used


              2015 - Consulting forester Robbo Halleran - progression of forestry practices in Vermont                               2016 - Consulting forester Patrick Bartlett - Forestry & Wildlife



Kedron Brook

If you live on the Kedron Brook or a tributary, become active in helping to keep this waterway clean.

April 2010

Over twenty residents met to discuss water issues along the brook

August 2010

Basin Plan complete for suggested projects along the brook

December 2010

Three grants awarded for projects along the Kedron Brook

April 2011

Willow shoots planted along Kedron Brook tributary to control erosion

Summer 2012

Livestock exclusion project along the Kedron Brook tributary


ERP grant in partnership with Two Rivers Ottuaquechee Regional Planning Commission


Thanks to landowners who are getting invovled, two properties will exclude livestock, by way of fencing

Two properties conducted bank restoration to reduce runoff and erosion

Want to get involved?  Contact us  ONRCD1@GMAIL.COM


AUGUST 17, 2012






Looking for weeds                                                                Demonstrating safe use of a backpack and tank sprayer


A very successful workshop on controlling pasture weeds and invasive plants was held on Oct. 20, 2011 at Jenny Kimberly’s farm in Windsor, VT.  Twelve landowners and five representatives of organizations in the Ottauquechee & Black river basin met at 1PM trusting that the rainy weather would take a break, and it did.  Jenny Kimberly, retired Natural Resources Conservation Service soil conservationist, Sylvia Harris, Vermont Association of Conservation District Agricultural Resource Specialist and Mike Bald, owner of Got Weeds, walked the group through the pasture and tree rows identifying weeds and invasive plants.  Attendees were able to see an area of pasture that had been sprayed with an herbicide a week earlier.  Discussion on how herbicides work and under what conditions they work best followed.  A demonstration of a backpack sprayer and a broadcast tank sprayer allowed attendees to learn about application safety practices.  Mike Bald demonstrated a weed wrench on a honeysuckle vine and talked about mechanical removal of weeds and invasives.  The presenters offered additional material and resources to further educate attendees in the controlling of weeds.  Sylvia Harris ended the workshop with a talk about choosing the method of control, whether chemical or mechanical, with safety and positive results in consideration before starting a project.  Weed and invasive plant control has been widely talked about in Vermont and this workshop was a step towards giving landowners the tools to identify and start controlling them.  A similar workshop will be held next year. 



Handy information on Weed Control



Soil test for your garden or pastures

Available at the ONRCD office

28 Farmvu Drive, WRJ, VT (by the post office)

drop by or call and we will be happy to give you a kit


Local foods are always part of our programs

Join us.....

Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District is looking for a few good people to join us

in our efforts to keep our environment the best it can be.

Who are we looking for ?

A person interesting in their surroundings

Ability to attend monthly meetings

Someone who wants to make a difference

An interest in being heard

Natural Resources Conservation Service outreach during the past year to beginning and limited resource producers and to previously underserved groups through local groups such as ONRCD has resulted in private working lands being more productive, the environment growing healthier, and countless communities are safer and more economically viable.  Dave White NRCS chief

We are proud of the many projects we have been involved with that make living in this area a better place.

Be proud with us!

Annual Report see what we have been doing and are planning to do!


Miss one?

We can still get you the information
- About District  -  District History  - ONRCD Annual Report

Articles of interest on Conservation



Brochures and Additional Information


Land Treatment Planning - Brochure

Nutrient Management Planning - Brochure   

Manure Management - Manure handbook

Athena Bradley 802-254-3636 or athena@nerc.org

Manure Management

Manure Management webpage

Power Point Presentation

Manure Management Guide

Animal Mortality Composting - Composting Brochure

Weighing crops and nutrients = good land management = saving money

NRCS Web Soil Survey: http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/

Ottauquechee River Basin Plan 2008: water quality planning documents

Marie Levesque Caduto
Watershed Coordinator
ANR / Dept. of Environmental Conservation
100 Mineral Street, Suite 303
Springfield, VT 05156-3168
Ph: 802-885-8958
Fax: 802-885-8890

Manure Available Nitrogen Calculator



Smooth Bedstraw (Galium mollugo)*

Smooth bedstraw is a weed that is rapidly becoming a problem in local pastures and hay fields. It is a non native plant that under less than ideal growing conditions and cutting or grazing management can quickly crowd out native crop plants. See factsheet for more details for combatting this pest.


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