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Orleans County NRCD

Programs and Services   Meet the Board and Staff

Conservation Equipment Rental Program


Invasive Species Local Fund Pool

$50k new funding source to address INVASIVE SPECIES infestations in Orleans County. VT Agency of Natural Resources defines invasives as not native to Vermont and have negative effects on our economy, our environment, or our health.

Orleans County Local Fund Pool Factsheet 2023

Applications are due by November 18th. Come down to the Newport USDA office to get started.  

Orleans County Locally Led Conservation Planning                              

Did you know that Vermont USDA National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has 113 conservation practices available to farmers and landowners in Orleans County!  We hosted Locally Led Conservation Planning meeting to learn more. Orleans County Conservation District, in cooperation with USDA NRCS Newport and Vermont Department of Environmental (VTDEC). We invited individuals who have an interest in natural resource conditions to this meeting to gather input on conservation needs and conservation practices in Orleans County to establish board conservation goals and provide recommendations to the USDA NRCS and VTDEC about how to allocate resources to reflect local resource concern priorities.

NRCS administers several programs funded through the Federal Farm Bill and VTDEC oversee basin plans that list strategies to improve Vermont’s water quality.  These programs are designed to assist farmers, forest owners, and other landowners implement projects that benefit soil health, water quality, wildlife habitat, and other natural resource concerns.  The public is welcome and strongly encouraged to participate in the local conservation planning process.

Check out the Survey and Meeting Results Report Here

Orleans County Farmers are Doing Good Conservation Work                   

The Farm at Wheeler Mountain which is owned and operated by Orleans County NRCD board member, Joanna Lidback is doing great conservation work they have completed with assistance from OCNRCD staff including technical and financial support through the USDA NRCS Memphremagog RCPP program.

Click here to check out the Lidback Farm Conservation Report that highlights their many accomplishments.

Water Quality Reports and Resources                                                           


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.


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Mission Statement

Protect and enhance the soils and waters of Orleans County by providing leadership, education and services for implementation of sound land stewardship practices.

Contact us at:

59 Waterfront Plaza
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-6090 x 7008

Upcoming Workshops:

The Science of Water Quality: A Workshop For Farm Employees on the fundamental science behind the regulations.

Date: March 25th 2022
Location Chaput Farm in Troy

Presenters: UVM Heather Darby, VTDEC Staci Pomeroy and VTDEC Ben Copans

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 Conservation Success Stories!

Orleans County NRCD highlights local farmers who reduced their nonpoint source pollution by installing best management practices that have measured phosphorous runoff reductions in Orleans County  watersheds!

Click here to read the Jones Farm conservation practice adoption success story.

Click here to read the Morin Farm over 85% phosphorus reduction success story.

Click here to read the McCormick Farm 50% phosphorus reduction 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


“The project improved the farm because the cows are out of the mud, there is more room to feed in one place, it is easier to maintain, it helps my manure management, it looks a lot nicer and the work benefits the local waters because the cows are not going in the stream whenever they want.”

Andre Morin