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Join us throughout 2021 as NH Conservation Districts celebrate their 75th Anniversary!

Take a look at when each district was founded...

 

Cheshire – 10/10/1945

Sullivan – 1/24/1946

Merrimack – 1/24/1946

Belknap – 2/14/1946

Hillsborough – 3/8/1946

Grafton – 4/24/1946

Coos – 4/24/1946

Carroll – 4/25/1946

Strafford – 4/25/1946

Rockingham – 4/26/1946

We're excited to invite you to join us in partnership with all 10 of NH's County Conservation Districts to celebrate 75 years of conservation in 2021!!

We'll be celebrating in a number of ways:

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS - Every Friday in 2021, Conservation Districts across the state will participate in a coordinated sharing of old conservation photos, stories, and lessons from Conservation Districts across the state of NH. Follow us on Facebook or sign-up for our enewsletter on our website so you don’t miss any of them.

LEGACY AWARDS - Every Conservation District in NH will present an organization, farm, family, individual, family forest, business, etc. with our 75th Anniversary Legacy Awards. That's 10 awards across the state to honor those who have had a sustained commitment to and practice of conservation over time! 

PODCASTS - We'll also be producing and sharing podcasts recorded with conservation leaders across the state! These should start this spring.

 

You can access all of these through our Conservation in the Granite State website.  

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1988 Soils Field Day at Bob Frizzell's Farm (Peachblow) in Charlestown. Gerry Rosenburg from Soil Conservation Service (NRCS now) teaching about soil horizons.

While we were preparing for Flashback Fridays, we found many photos from years past, including our first logo from 1956 (pictured left). You can view some of them on our PHOTO ALBUMS page.

Most of the photos were taken by the USDA - Soil Conservation Service. The rest were found in SCCD Annual Reports or digitized from slides found in our office.

 
Legacy Awards

For 75 years the County Conservation Districts have worked tirelessly with landowners and communities to promote the conservation and responsible use of natural and agricultural resources.  The Legacy Award endeavors to shine a spotlight on those who embody this mission with a sustained commitment to the stewardship of natural resources in Sullivan County.  Businesses, organizations, individuals, and families are eligible for the award if they live in or are based in the County, have a minimum of 5 years experience of sustained commitment to conservation and stewardship. 

 

The Conservation District Board of Supervisors in each County will be responsible for the review and the selection of one Conservation Legacy Award for each County. Statewide there will be ten awardees honored.  These awardees will be announced in June 2021 and honored at individual events. 

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Wendell Berry attends a session on using draft horses at the 1978 Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) conference that was taught by Cornish resident, Bill Gallagher.