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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,
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!
(Front row) Larry Kasden of the Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District and a Willow tree.
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
River Bank Tree Planting, Woodstock
LOGGING OF A BYGONE ERA
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
If you live on the Kedron Brook or a tributary, become active in helping to keep this waterway clean.
Over twenty residents met to discuss water issues along the brook
Basin Plan complete for suggested projects along the brook
Three grants awarded for projects along the Kedron Brook
Willow shoots planted along Kedron Brook tributary to control erosion
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
CONTROLLING WEEDS WORKSHOP
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.
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
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!
We can still get you the information
Land Treatment Planning - Brochure
Nutrient Management Planning - Brochure
Manure Management - Manure handbook
Athena Bradley 802-254-3636 or email@example.com
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
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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