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Sullivan County Conservation District

We promote the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Sullivan County and promote Place-based Education. Established in 1946, the Conservation District operates out of Unity, NH and connects residents of Sullivan County to resources, experts, and funding opportunities relating to natural resources conservation and place-based education.  


Place-based Education

School programs, field trips,

teacher workshops, service learning


Local Agriculture

Eco Ag Center, Plant Sale,

Workshops, Equipment, Local Products


Natural Resources

Projects and Partners

Naturalist Series, County Lands

Meet our Staff

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Lionel spent his summers in Sullivan County as a child and lived in the town of Washington for 10 years as an adult. He currently lives in Putney, VT. 

Lionel has worked as a forester for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and as the Administrator of the NH Natural Heritage Bureau at the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development.  He graduated from UNH with an A.A.S in Forest Technology from the Thompson School, and a B.S.F in Forest Science from the Department of Natural Resources.  He has also operated a family farm with his wife Aileen, where they grew and sold blueberries, vegetables, poultry and maple syrup.

Lionel's specialties include forestry, botany, plant community ecology, farming and landscaping.  When not working, Lionel enjoys being with his family, reading, theater, and thinking about sustainability.

Lionel Chute
District Manager

Dawn moved to Claremont, NH from Townsend, TN where she lived and worked in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  


Dawn has been teaching outdoor environmental education since 2002 and has worked in New England, Washington, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  She has a B.S. in Biology from Mars Hill College and a M.A. in Environmental Education from UNH. 


Her specialties include aquatic natural history, butterflies, astronomy, citizen science, and student-centered education techniques. 


In her free time, she enjoys sewing, gardening, reading, hiking and spending time with her nephews. 


She is very excited to be using her expertise to support teachers and students in Sullivan County.  

Dawn Dextraze
Education and Outreach Specialist

Meet our Board

They are dedicated to conserving the natural resources of Sullivan County as well as the agricultural lifestyle.  Made up of farmers, businessmen, and concerned citizens, the SCCD board of supervisors meet with the Sullivan County District Conservationist and the SCCD Staff once a month to discuss projects and programs.  This is a volunteer position.  If you are interested in becoming an associate board member, please contact us. 


David L. Grobe, Chair
PO Box 203
Plainfield, NH  03781
Telephone 675-2216

Robert Porter
387 Elm Street
Claremont NH 03743
Telephone: 543-0549

John Luther
Charlestown Road
Acworth NH 03601
Telephone: 835-2239

Cornelia Sargent
RR 2 Box 466-A
Claremont NH 03743
Telephone: 542-6600

Jim Grenier
Lempster, NH 03752
Telephone: 863-5681

Associate Supervisors

Lee Walker Oxenham

NH State Representative

Left to right, Robert Porter, John Luther, Jim Grenier, Ernie Dennis, Steve Pytlik, Cornelia Sargent, and David Grobe

Attend a Meeting

When: first Friday of every month from 2-4pm, with some exceptions.

Where: The Ahern Building at the Sullivan County Complex in Unity, NH. 

Public are welcome to attend by calling in: 1-978-990-5000, access code: 532422.


Meet our Partners

We work with a diversity of partners to accomplish our goals.  They include local, county, state, and federal organizations. Click on their logos to learn more.

Colby Sawyer College
Upper Valley Land Trust
Bionutrient Food Association
Wichland Woods
Sullivan County Natural Resources
National Park Service
100-Mile Market
Xerces Society
Common Vision CSA/A
Shelburne Farms
NH Ag in the Classroom
UNH Cooperative Extension
Four Winds Nature Institute
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Vital Communities
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Join Our Team