The nights are growing cooler as we move into Fall in the Connecticut River Valley. The growing season is drawing to a close, kids are returning to school (virtually or in person) and we begin to plan for 2021. We are actively scouting possible planting locations for Trees for Streams, as well as working to identify agricultural lands that may be candidates for wetland restoration projects.
The District is excited to to be offering a number of programs this fall, including composting workshops in partnership with the Windham Solid Waste District, Invasive Species Webinars lead by the newly formed Southeast Vermont CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Association) and a dam safety workshop in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. For more information, please move your mouse over “upcoming events” on the menu bar and select the event you are interested in.
We are continuing work on Conservation Practice Surveys:
The District received grant funding to carry out conservation practice surveys on Windham County farms. If your farm has implemented any of the below self-funded practices and you would be willing to participate with the program, please contact us. This program strives to make sure farmers receive credit for the work they do to protect water quality.
-Cover Crop and Nurse Crops
-Corn to Hay Rotation
-Reduced Till / No Till
Other work being competed right now includes scoping for potential buffer planting and stormwater projects, outreach, education and technical assistance for agricultural producers in Windham County and efforts to restore and conserve wetlands, just to name a few. Please reach out if the Conservation District can help you with:
-Buffer plantings to protect streams and rivers
-Nutrient Management Planning for Certified Small Farm Operations (CSFOs) or small farms that mechanically spread manure and nutrients
-Identifying potential wetland sites on agricultural property that may be suitable for restoration and conservation – funding may be available for this work!
-Addressing water quality or other natural resource issues or concerns you may have observed around the county
The mission of the Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District (WCNRCD) is to advance conservation awareness to all citizens so that people understand and act on basic principles of rational use and care of Windham’s environment.
To ensure the wise use, protection and enhancement of Windham County’s farmland, woodland, water and related natural resources.
To Provide leadership for conservation issues in Windham County.
To learn about events from conservation organizations throughout Windham County, sign up for the Windham Conservation Events E-News.