CCCD was established in 1946 to serve the residents of Carroll County, New Hampshire with soil, water, and wildlife conservation efforts.

Our office is co-located with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Conway, NH

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Conway, New Hampshire

Background 

In the early 1930's, along with the Great Depression, came an equally unparalleled disaster known as the Dust Bowl. 

 

Following a severe and sustained drought in the Great Plains, and unsustainable farming practices, the region's soil began to erode and blow away, creating huge black dust storms that blotted out the sun.

On Capitol Hill, while testifying about the erosion problem, soil scientist Hugh Bennett threw back the curtains to reveal a sky blackened by dust. Congress unanimously passed legislation declaring soil and water conservation a national priority.

In 1937, President Roosevelt wrote the Governors of all the states recommending legislation that would allow local landowners to form soil conservation districts.

There are now nearly 3,000 districts across the United States. More than 15,000 volunteers serve in elected or appointed positions on conservation districts' governing boards.

New Hampshire has 10 conservation districts, one in each county, that work closely with the State Conservation Committee and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Who We Are

The District is directed by a Board of Supervisors made up of five volunteer  county residents who are appointed to serve three-year terms as public officials by the NH State Conservation Committee.  Associate Supervisors serve annual terms and are nominated based on interest & experience.

 

The Board of Supervisors work to set the district's goals and priorities for resource protection & community programs.

How We Do It

Conservation Districts are local governmental subdivisions established under State law to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources.

 

Districts are resource management agencies, coordinating and implementing resource and environmental programs at the local level in cooperation with federal and state agencies and the private sector.

What's in It for You

Districts work with landowners and users, local government agencies and other local interests in addressing a broad spectrum of resource concerns.

These concerns included, but are not limited to, wetland & forest health, wildlife habitats, surface & ground water quality and quantity, non-point source pollution, sedimentation & erosion, storm water & flooding, and solid waste management.

Carroll County

New Hampshire

The Eastern White Mountains,

Lakes Region, & Greater Mount Washington Valley

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Geography

992 square miles

Water = 61 sq.mi.

Land = 931 sq.mi.

3rd largest county

in New Hampshire

Est. Population 48,910  (2019)

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