Programs and Services
Conservation Field Days
The District sponsors Conservation Field Days for 5th and 6th grade students and their teachers where they learn about such things as: soils, forests/trees, wildlife, wetlands and water pollution, etc.
The District participates in promoting the Vermont Envirothon program through visits to high school science departments and presenting information to teachers on the virtues of student participation in the Vermont Envirothon.
The State of Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) are standards to which all types of farms must be managed to reduce the impact of agricultural activities to water quality.
RNRCD Annual Meeting
The District holds an Annual Meeting and invites a guest speaker to talk about an important natural resource conservation issue.
Land Treatment Planning
The Land Treatment Planner works with the agricultural community to develop plans that control soil erosion and protect water quality by implementing land based conservation practices.
The District in cooperation with the Poultney Mettowee and Bennington Conservation Districts have an Agricultural Resources Specialist to assist small farm owners by assessing on-farm water quality concerns, providing technical assistance, and supporting implementation of Best Management Practices. Assistance in writing and managing nutrient management plans and for meeting the required agricultural practices is also part of the assistance provided by our Agricultural Resources Specialist.
Local Work Group
Rutland District Supervisors participate in Local Work Group meetings. The focus of these meetings is to assist in setting local priorities for USDA Cost Share Programs administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).Services
Online RAP Quiz
The goal of the RAP Online Quiz is to provide an accessible, informative tool for livestock farmers and agricultural service providers to raise awareness of the RAPs and water quality improvement practices available for Vermont farmers.
What is stormwater?
Stormwater is rainwater or snowmelt that does not soak into developed surfaces, such as paved or compacted gravel roads, parking lots, or rooftops. Instead, it flows over these surfaces, directly into local waters, carrying pollutants with it.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure
The District works with Towns in the Upper Otter Creek watershed to implement Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI).
GSI is used to manage runoff from developed lands in an effort to reduce the volume of stormwater and improve water quality. GSI utilizes infiltration, evapotranspiration, storage and reuse. To learn more about GSI visit the DEC website here and here.
Each year in the Spring the District makes available to the public evergreen and hardwood trees, wildlife/songbird trees and shrubs, apple trees, berries and wildflower seeds in order to encourage landowners to increase plantings for wildlife habitat, conservation and aesthetics.
The District sponsors a Spring Trout program that provides pond owners with trout for stocking their ponds.
Portable Skidder Bridges
The District has portable skidder bridges available for rent to loggers and consulting foresters. Portable skidder bridges when properly installed and used as a temporary stream crossing structure, will reduce stream bank and stream bed disturbance as compared to other alternatives, thus minimizing the potential for sedimentation.
VT Natural Resources Conservation Council