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Sullivan County Conservation District

Our mission is to work with landowners & organizations to conserve natural resources, support local agriculture, and promote place-based education in Sullivan County, NH. 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 our mission.  

Natural Resources

Projects and Partners

Naturalist Series, County Lands

Local Agriculture

Eco Ag Center, Plant Sale,

Workshops, Equipment, Grants

Place-based Education

School programs, field trips,

teacher workshops, service learning

Sullivan County Conservation District (SCCD) offers a variety of environmental resources and opportunities to help support Sullivan County schools, teachers, farmers, growers, and organizations & individuals related to conservation of natural resources and agricultural lands and place-based ecology education (PBEE).

Our goal is to connect residents to our local lands and help each one develop an understanding of the natural ecosystems we are a part of, an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us and the natural resources that sustain us, and foster a sense of place and stewardship ethic.

Our Staff

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
Our Board

Meet our Board

You could be our next supervisor !

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 a supervisor or associate supervisor, please contact us

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Left to right, Rep. Brian Sullivan, David Grobe, Jon Meadows (NRCS), John Luther, Cornelia Sargent, Dick Hocker, and Bob Porter. Not pictured: Donna Bascom, Robert Traver


David L. Grobe, Chair
Plainfield, NH 

Robert Porter
Claremont NH 

John Luther, Treasurer
Acworth NH

Cornelia Sargent
Claremont NH 

Donna Bascom

Charlestown, NH


Brian Sullivan

State-County Delegate

Grantham NH


Richard Hocker

Associate Supervisor

Grantham, NH

Robert Traver

Associate Supervisor

Acworth, Nh

Attend a Meeting

When: first Wednesday of every month from 6-8pm, with some exceptions.

Where: Mountain View Room, Sullivan House, 19 Sullivan St. Claremont.

Public are welcome to attend. Please let us know if you plan to join us. 

Our Partners

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.

Lake Sunapee Protective Association
Claremont Growers Collective
Antioch University
Vital Communities
Upper Valley Land Trust
Wichland Woods
Sullivan County Natural Resources
National Park Service
NH Ag in the Classroom
UNH Cooperative Extension
Four Winds Nature Institute
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Koesek Band of Abenaki Nation
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Join Our Team
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