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Orleans County NRCD

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Conservation Equipment Rental Program

Check out our 2019 District Highlights Newsletter

Due to covid 19 pandemic Our 2020 Annual native tree and shrub plant sale has been cancelled 

We will be doing curb side pick up only for customers that pre-ordered Fruit Trees on

Saturday May 30th from 9:00-12:00

Ecosystem Services Through an Artist’s Eye Opening Reception POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBD

Together with the MAC Center for the Arts and the Memphremagog Watershed Association, the Orleans County Conservation District would like to invite you to the opening of our upcoming art show, “Ecosystem Services Through an Artist’s Eye.”  Ecosystem services are defined as “the benefits provided by ecosystems to humans.”  Many key ecosystem services – such as nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, pest regulation, and pollination – sustain agricultural productivity, so farmers often take on the role of stewards of ecosystem services.  Currently in Vermont, we do not have a comprehensive way to monitor, evaluate, and monetize the ecosystem services provided by agriculture.  The theme of this year’s conservation art show will raise awareness of this emerging field of environmental economics, and acknowledge the work that farmers are doing to sustain and enhance the ecosystems of the NEK.

Artists from all over Vermont have been invited to submit work, and the juried pieces will be on display at the MAC Center in Newport tentatively beginning in mid-April.  The opening reception will take place at a date to be determined – please check back for updates!

Questions?  Please contact Emily Irwin at 802-624-7022 or

Water Quality Reports and Resources

Conservation Matters Videos

During the winter of 2019 Newport movie theater showed two videos from the Faces of Vermont Agriculture series to 8252 people! The videos highlighted two Orleans County Farmers and is part of a collection of eight short video profiles that highlight outstanding stewards of the land who live and farm in the Green Mountain State.

Required Agricultural Practices (RAP) QUIZ

The goal of the RAP Online Quiz is to provide an accessible, informative tool for livestock farmers of all size operations and to raise awareness of the RAPs and water quality improvement practices available to Vermont farmers.



The Orleans County Natural Resource Conservation District (OCNRCD) was established in 1946 as a non-regulatory organization led by local landowners. We strive to protect natural resources by seeking solutions to local environmental concerns and providing resources to address them.

Our current focus is to support Orleans County communities and landowners in their efforts to improve water quality issues. Our extensive partnerships with state, federal and local organizations enable us to coordinate resources locally to support conservation land use practices.

Mission Statement

Protect and enhance the waters of Orleans County by providing leadership, education and services for implementation of sound land stewardship practices in order to improve the quality of all of the county’s waters.

Contact us at:

59 Waterfront Plaza
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-8325 x 7008
VACD Technical Staff: (802) 334-8325 x20

Upcoming Workshops:

The Science of Water Quality: A Workshop For Farm Employees

Date & Time TBD
Location TBD

Ecosystem Services through an Artists’ Eye

Opening reception TBD
MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main St. Newport

No-Till Drill Field Day

Early May
Time & Location TBD

Manure Injection Field Day

Time & Location TBD

Conservation Success Story!

Orleans County NRCD and Memphremagog Watershed Association highlight local farmers in Newport, VT who reduced their nonpoint source pollution. With help from NRCS, the McCormicks installed best management practices that reduced phosphorous runoff in the Strawberry Acres tributary by 50%!

Read more about this Success Story.

“I don’t think people realize the effect that these projects can have on the environment.”

Amanda McCormick


“We are getting more milk and better quality since we completed all this work”, this is their third year of getting a quality milk award. Overall, the project “has brought us closer together as a family.”

Chad McCormick