The Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District, founded in 1944, helps individuals, groups and communities in eighteen towns in Windsor County, and one in Rutland County, by providing education, information and technical assistance relating to conservation issues.

The District has always been innovative in its conservation efforts. Early programs focused on agricultural needs, however, over the years, as patterns in farming have changed, District programs have changed to meet environmental needs. Today the District also gives considerable assistance to various non-agricultural agencies and groups.

ONRCD invites you to join us in our effort to improve water quality where we live through land management education. Contact us at ONRCD1@gmail.com (mailing address: ONRCD, 28 Farmvu Drive, White River Junction, VT 05001) 

 

 

WATER QUALITY TESTING

ONRCD is currently testing Mill Brook (Reading, West Windsor, Windsor) for E.Coli, total Nitrogen, Phosphorus

and turbidity.  ONRCD is assisting with testing on Kedron Brook (South Woodstock, Woodstock). Kedron Brook is rated as a "stressed" waterway as it comes above state standards at least three times a year.  For more information on water quality testing and how you can get involved, contact ONRCD

 

                

 

Horse Farm Management

Helpful information to help horse owners comply with the new Required Agricultural Practices. Join us on FaceBook - VT Horse Farm Management

 

          

                    Billings Museum

 

 

 

 

 

Forestry - January 26, 2020 at Billings Farm Museum

Tree Harvest to Trails

1-3 PM   FREE

 

Jim Lyall - Mount Ascutney trailmaker

Windsor County Foresters

 

What every landowner and trail user should know about building and maintaining trails for horseback riders, mountain bikers, snowmobiliers and hikers alike.  Learn how to manage a tree harvest for future trails, what erosion prevention methods to implement after a harvest and how to maintain trails for best usage and least erosion.  Good trail stewerdship promises trails for the future.

 

 

 

Every year ONRCD hosts a program on forestry interests such as....

Logging of a Bygone Era

History of Logging in New England

Logging and the Landowner

The Aftermath of the 1938 Hurricane

 

 

Agriculture

Farmers learn how to write their own Nutrient Management Plans at classes held in White River Junction

 

Water Quality

Swimming hole water testing done by volunteers of the Black River Action Team and Ottuaquechee River Group.  Join us for 2019 water testing on Kedron Brook and Mill Brook.

 

Trek to Taste - Woodstock, VT

Education

The River Road Show travels to schools and public events (Trek to Taste) to demonstrate how rivers and streams work. ONRCD E-newsletter offers timely information on current issues