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Conservation Districts

NRCDs are for everyone!

Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCDs) are non-regulatory entities that work with private landowners, farms, state and federal agencies, and other partner organizations to promote and implement conservation programs. Conservation districts work on a local level to protect natural resources, provide solutions and resources to address environmental concerns, coordinate resources to support conservation land use practices. Vermont’s NRCDs are hard at work helping to improve water quality, protect the natural landscape, and support agricultural best practices. Through technical, financial, and educational assistance, Vermont’s 14 NRCDs act as local facilitators linking landowners and producers with the appropriate federal, state, local, and private programs to meet their management objectives. Whether you are a farmer, municipality, landowner, or concerned private citizen, conservation districts can provide effective opportunities and programs that address environmental concerns in Vermont.

Contact your Conservation District today to find out if they can help you with one of the above professional services or other conservation assistance needs.

How can NRCDs help?

Example Professional Services offered by Conservation Districts:

  • Water Quality, Soil, and Manure Sampling
  • Equipment rentals, including Portable Skidder Bridges, AerWay, and more
  • Annual Tree, Plant, and Trout Sales
  • Assistance with Organic Farm Certification
  • Riparian buffer planning and planting through Trees for Streams and Lake Shore Buffering
  • Assistance with VTAAFM medium and large farm general permits
  • Green Lawn Care and Best Management Practices
  • Farm employee water quality training
  • Nutrient Management Planning
  • Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) questions and education
  • Municipal Road Erosion Inventories
  • Map making
  • Landscaping for wildlife consultations
  • Grant writing and administrative support for land owners and municipalities
  • Invasive species education and eradication assistance


Horse Pasture and Manure Management 

The Bennington County, Poultney Mettowee, and Rutland Natural Resources Conservation Districts will host a workshop “Pasture and Manure Management for Horses” on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the West Rutland Town Hall (Auditorium) at 35 Marble St, West Rutland from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Guest speakers include: Kimberley Hagen with UVM Extension and Jennifer Alexander with the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District. In addition to information about creating healthy pastures, we will provide information about the new Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) as they relate to horse ownership. The regulations discussed will include those related to stream buffers, when to fence horses out of streams, manure management, soil testing, building permits for barns and stables, and managing animal mortalities.

This workshop is FREE and open to the public. Education credits will be available for those who need them…

Pre-registration is requested by April 3, 2018. Please contact Nanci McGuire at the Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District office at 802-775-8034 ext. 117 or by email

No Till: It’s more than the planter, but the planter is a good place to start

Join Jeff Sanders of UVM Extension’s NW Crops and Soils Program, and Rico Balzano of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, for a presentation on what the system of no-till entails, things to consider before converting to no-till, and where to go for funding for the conversion. This will be followed by a talk and demonstration on changing the corn planter to a no-till drill, and a discussion on planter maintenance and upgrades.

Tuesday, April 10, 1 pm-4 pm, the Grembowicz Farm, 2375 Creek Road, North Clarendon, VT, 05759. (


Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Nanci McGuire 802 775-8034 x 117 or

The workshop is presented by the Bennington, Poultney-Mettowee, and Rutland Natural Resources Conservation Districts with help from UVM Extension, USDA-NRCS, and VAAFM.

Light refreshments will be provided.

UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.