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Building Resilience in Vermont's Watersheds - High Meadows Grant
Trees for Streams - four sites to be planted
Skidder Bridge - 1 heavy duty bridges now available, 1 available this summer
Black River visual assessment - to take place this summer
River Bank Buffer Plantings
ONRCD has received a Trees for Streams grant to provide trees along unprotected stream banks. Plantings will be spring of 2014 at four locations approved for this grant.
Please contact ONRCD1@gmail.com should you have interest in participating in this program for 2015.
Students participated in planting at Quechee Park - Hartford, VT
Riparian buffers will help a stream damaged by TS Irene to repair itself
PAST PLANTING PROJECTS
May 21, 2011
October 30, 2011
Oct 27-28, 2012
May 3, 2013
Oct 24, 2013
May 9, 2014
May 17, 2015
Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT
Planting 200+ trees May 2011 post Irene - September 2011
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
Consulting forester Robbo Halleran took viewers through the progression of forestry practices in Vermont on Feb 7, 2015
Watch for the 2016 program on the future of forestry in Vermont !
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
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
I learned that people often use the names aspen and poplar interchangeably, and that a forest is a living, growing entity that like children develop through stages that are often not very attractive but need to grow through them in order to mature. - Larry Kasden
The first is that sunlight management and soil health are vital considerations in management world. The other point to ponder: there is no right or wrong in nature, only consequences. Brilliant. - Mike Bald
Happy to have discovered that in an area where poplars are growing, they will suppress new poplars in that area. Perhaps there is hope to keep trails open! - Sue Greenall
I enjoyed meeting so many experts all in one setting and I learned a lot from them. I was fascinated by the never-ending evolution of the forest. Thanks for a very worthwhile workshop. I look forward to attending more in the future. - Mike Brown
I learned how much interest there is in supporting the wood products industry as a goal of the program, and a lot about how the forest responds to the forestry. I also learned that pine trees will not grow back. - Timon Malloy
I learned that sugar maples have a nickname; rock maple. And that they need lots of calcium in the soil to thrive.- Ron Rhodes
Many thanks to
Jon Bouton – Windsor County Forester
Forrest Hammond – Wildlife Biologist, VT Fish and Wildlife
Sylvia Harris – Natural Resources Conservation Service
Patrick Bartlett – Consulting Forester
Missed it? For more information contact
SUE GREENALL 436-2266 ONRCD1@GMAIL.COM
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.
Jenny Kimberly & Sylvia Harris show examples of weeds Mike Bald talks about mechanical removal of weeds
April 26, 2010 issue, page 122
Change the World Kids, Woodstock, VT
ONRCD is proud to be partnering with these outstanding youth
and will be working with them this year to help them bring
their "Bosque para Siempre"(Forever Forest) project
to fullfillment in Vermont.
ONRCD display at farmer's markets
Outreach to the community
ONRCD will visit farmer's markets this summer reaching local growers, consumers and home gardeners. Literature on rain barrels and rain gardens, which help reduce excessive runoff during rain events, will be available as well as soil tests for gardens and pastures, information on invasive plants and how to control them.
Look for us - we will be there!
Rain barrels redirect water from your roof gutter and downspouts away from
walkways and driveways thus preventing erosion during downpours. Stored
water can then be used for lawns or gardens. One easy way to help protect
streams from runoff and protect your property.
Make your own - Capture the Storm
Purchase one - Your Best Rain Barrels
Why build a rain garden when it hasn’t rained? Actually, during a dry period is when rain gardens are most valuable. Heavy downpours create a surplus of rain water that runs off causing erosion and silted waterways. Rain gardens trap the water and disperse it slowly. They can solve driveway washouts, road flooding, and roof gutter water dispersal. Plus, they help retain water for vegetative growth during dry spells. This is a creative way to conserve water quality and save money with the added enjoyment of attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and other native wildlife.
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
Backyard Habitats - Rain Gardens
Interested in learning more?
Contact us and we will direct you to a qualified speaker for your group
ONRCD and its partner organizations offer workshops
throughout the year on a variety of interesting topics
Japanese Knotweed workshop - 2008
Planting seedlings in our nursery - 2009
Woodstock "Change the World Kids" assisting
Buffer Planting Project - 2009
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
Chickens can eat most everything, they love vegetables and breads.
To learn more about this project go to: Food Scrap Reduction Project
Articles of interest on Conservation
Brochures and Additional Information
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.