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Monday, 03/02/2015

Raising Turkeys
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

Dot Perkins of UNH Cooperative Extension, will present information about breeds, housing, nutrition, illness and more. This talk is designed to help the beginner get ready for the arrival and basic care of their turkeys. This talk will not cover butchering or breeding.

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Location

  • Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main Street, 4th Floor, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Tuesday, 03/03/2015

2015 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

 

March Weekly Series

Like a Pebble in a Pond:
Ripples of Land Use Changes Over Time
The histories of farming, forests, wildlife and people are entwined in the northeast. The impact of land use change will continue to ripple through the future of our farms, forests, wildlife and people who depend upon them. This winter, our annual lecture series examines landscape history and land use change – by both looking back and considering what may lie ahead.

 

Week 1

“Forests for the People” What’s Next for America’s Eastern National Forests?
David Govatski, US Forest Service (Ret) Co-author of the book “Forests for the People”, David will present a slide-illustrated talk examining the vital ecological, social and economic issues facing America’s eastern national forests today and in the future. Case studies include shale oil extraction, restoration ecology, invasive insects, burgeoning recreation and calls for preservation vs. multiple use management.

 

Additional Dates

March 17th Movie Night: “The People’s Forest”

March 24th Boom to Bust and Back Again: Is Past A Prologue for NH Agriculture?

March 31st Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife

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Location

  • Baldwin Center, Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Thursday, 03/05/2015

Emerald Ash Borer for Birders Workshop
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Help track the Emerald Ash Borer

Forest Health officials need the help of outdoor enthusiasts, including birders, in detecting emerald ash borer (EAB), the most destructive forest pest in North America. Its larvae tunnel just under the bark of ash trees, killing them quickly. You can help us locate this pest by spotting the characteristic bark damage caused by woodpeckers feeding on EAB larvae.In this workshop, Molly Heuss with NH Division of Forest & Lands and Steve Roberge, UNH Cooperative Extension, will teach you what to look for and how to report potentially infested trees. They will also discuss the history and biology of emerald ash borer, the status of infestations in NH, the impacts this insect is expected to have on NH’s forests and landscapes, and the steps NH Forest Health officials are taking to manage this insect. Phil Brown of NH Audubon will discuss the birds that feed on the Emerald Ash Borer and how to identify them, and why their feeding behavior leaves the characteristic “blonding” on the ash trees, as well as provide a landowner’s (NH Audubon) perspective on EAB infestations.

Location

  • Harris Center for Conservation Education, 83 King's Highway, Hancock, NH, 03449

Wilderness Ethics
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)


Join Antioch University, the MERE Project and the Waterman Fund as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book Wilderness Ethics, with co-author Laura Waterman. This is a panel discussion that will explore definitions of wilderness, how our actions affect wilderness and others' experiences of it, and what the future holds for the wild places of New Hampshire and beyond.

 

 

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Location

  • Antioch University New England, Community Room, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Wednesday, 03/11/2015

30th Annual North Country Dairy Seminar and Trade Show
(09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Plan to join us for the 30th Annual Dairy Seminar & Trade Show at the Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield, NH.  Please see attached flyer for more details and registration information, due March 2.

 

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Location

  • Mountain View Grand Resort, Mountain View Rd., Whitefield, NH, 03598

Beware the Emerald Ash Borer
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Wood stove users be on the lookout! The Emerald Ash Borer has been labeled the most destructive forest pest in North America and has killed ever-widening swaths of ash trees in the Northeast since the late 1990s. It has now been spotted in NH. As outdoor enthusiasts and/or firewood users, YOU can help by learning how to recognize the signs of this highly destructive insect and what you can do if you spot it. Amy Papineau, Field Specialist, and Fred Borman, Rockingham County Forester, of the UNH Cooperative Extension, and Lauren Kras, President of the Seacoast Chapter, will be the presenters. Refreshments are at 7:00 pm. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend the program.

Location

  • Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH, 03870

Friday, 03/13/2015

GIS 101: Learning to Map in the Digital Age
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Topics Covered: basic GIS concepts, free GIS and mapping software, types of GIS data

Learn GIS basics and explore a variety of free GIS and mapping programs (for PC's and Macs)! You will be introduced to the basic concepts of GIS, explore the variety of GIS and mapping software available for free, learn GIS jargon and understand both the applications and the limitations of GIS. This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience and new GIS users.

Participants will learn to: "talk the talk" of GIS by learning basic terminology describe the applications and limitations of GIS, understand the pros and cons of free GIS and mapping software options, download free GIS data.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Saturday, 03/14/2015

Backyard Maple Sugaring - How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup
(11:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

This workshop is for first-timers and beginner maplers having less than 75 taps. All aspects of maple sugaring will be covered, including tree identification and tapping, collecting and boiling sap, finishing, filtering and packing syrup. Equipment and supplies needed, especially sizing and operating small evaporators, homemade and commercial, will also be discussed.

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Location

  • Keene Agway, Martell Court, Keene, NH, 03431

Monday, 03/16/2015

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
(05:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

Training will be offered in March and April of 2015. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2015 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you.

Training will be offered at three different locations statewide in March and April of 2015.

The Nature Conservancy (Merrimack County), Concord, NH 03301     

March 16 & 23rd         5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: March 30th   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date:  April 2nd   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County Office, North Haverhill, NH

April 7 & 14th              5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: April 21st   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

**Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.

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Location

  • Nature Conservancy - Concord, 22 Bridge Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Informational Workshop on New Hampshire Current Use Tax Rules
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

 

Rural landowners of 10+ acres can enroll their property in the state “CURRENT USE” program, and lower their property taxes. However, this protected property also has restrictions on its future use.


We will be there to explain Current Use assessment and the different aspects of the program so you can decide if this land conservation opportunity is right for you. If your land is already in Current Use, this will be a good refresher course to remind you of regulations.


Remember that a detailed written management plan is now required for forestland enrolled in the “Stewardship” category.

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Location

  • Hillsborough County UNHCE Office, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Tuesday, 03/17/2015

2015 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

 

March Weekly Series

Like a Pebble in a Pond:
Ripples of Land Use Changes Over Time
The histories of farming, forests, wildlife and people are entwined in the northeast. The impact of land use change will continue to ripple through the future of our farms, forests, wildlife and people who depend upon them. This winter, our annual lecture series examines landscape history and land use change – by both looking back and considering what may lie ahead.

 

Week 2

March 17th Movie Night: “The People’s Forest”
The film “The People’s Forest” is the result of a 2-year collaboration between acclaimed film-maker David Huntley, the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University and the Museum of the White Mountains. It is a visual treasury of rarely seen vintage still photos and juttering horse-drawn cinema as well as Huntley’s own breathtaking shots of the White Mountain National Forest today. Film-maker David Huntley will show the film and discuss its impact in NH and elsewhere.

 

Additional Dates

March 24th Boom to Bust and Back Again: Is Past A Prologue for NH Agriculture?

March 31st Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife

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Location

  • Baldwin Center, Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Wednesday, 03/18/2015

2015 NH Water & Watershed Conference
(All day)

Save the Date

NH Watershed & Watershed Conference is coordinating with the New England Association of Environmental Biologist on a joint conference. The central focus to the event will be regional partnerships.

March 18 - 20, 2015

Agenda will include topics on:

  • Integrated water and watershed research
  • Watershed management
  • Water quality and biotic communities
  • Effectiveness of restoration projects
  • Land use planning
  • Climate change

Who should attend:

  • Water researchers and planner
  • Watershed organizations
  • Policy makers
  • Water resource volunteers

 

Location

  • Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center, Rte. 302, Bartlett, NH, 03812

2015 New Hampshire Fruit Growers’ Association Annual Meeting
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

 

Yes, it’s time again for the New Hampshire Fruit Growers’ Association Annual Meeting. 

 

NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food - Division of Pesticide Control has approved (4.5) pesticide recertification credits for this meeting!

 

Agenda

 

8:30              Check-in, pre-register through the NH Fruit Growers Association

  • Contact NHFGA Secretary Katie Surowiec at (603)286-4069 or email at   info@surowiecfarm.com by March13, 2015.  Registration fees are $25 per member and $30 per non-member to cover the cost of refreshments and lunch

 

9:00 – 9:45    Growers’ Perspective of Which Stone Fruits they Grow (Peaches, Nectarines Plums, etc.)

  • Giff Burnap, Butternut Farm, Farmington, NH
  • Tyler and Chip Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis
  • Dan Hicks, Sunnycrest Farm

 

9:45-10:30    Orchard Insect Pest Update

  • Alan Eaton, Extension Professor/Specialist, Entomology, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

10:45-11:30   Fire Blight – Beware of 2015

  • Cheryl Smith, Extension Plant Health Specialist/Plant Pathology, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

11:30-12:00   Summer Pruning Apples and Peaches – A Practice Forgotten!

  • Bill Lord, Extension Specialist Emeritus, Fruit, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

Noon - 12:15  Commercial Member Introduction          

  • Giff Burnap, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – President

 

12:15 - 1:00  Lunch    - provided by Washington Street Café

 

1:00-1:30      News from NH Department of Agriculture

  • Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director - Division of Agricultural Development, NHDAM&F

 

1:30 2:15      Sprayer Calibration versus Spray Pattern

  • George Hamilton, Extension Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

2:15–3:00      Apple Rootstocks and Tree Training Systems

  • Bill Lord, Extension Specialist Emeritus, Fruit, UNH Cooperative Extension        

 

3:00 - 4:00    NHFGA Annual Meeting                

  • Giff Burnap, NH Fruit Growers’ Association - President      
  • Katie Surowiec, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – Secretary
  • Paul Franklin, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – Treasurer  

4:00              Adjourn 

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Location

  • NH Audubon Center - Concord, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Hands-On Web Soil Survey Workshop
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

How to Access Soils Information on the Web
Web Soil Survey provides planners, conservation organizations, state agencies, educators, and landowners internet access to relevant soils information needed to make land use and management decisions. Web Soil Survey is a simple, yet powerful way to access and analyze Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil survey maps, interpretations and data. During this workshop we’ll explore the three easy steps that will allow you to access a soil map for your “area of interest”, create interpretive maps, review a variety of soils data and generate a customized report. Web Soil Survey is an alternative to traditional hardcopy publications that offers quicker delivery of information, provides the “official” copy of data and allows you to obtain just the information you want.

 

Additionally, the workshop will present a primer on New Hampshire soil/landscape relationships and an overview of useful soil related information available on the NH-NRCS website.


Hands-on learning! A limited number of computers (limited to 15 students) will be available to each student to create and print your own soils information. Attendees can plan to bring your own laptop as well (limited to 8 students). Please check appropriate box below as to which option you wish to choose. Space and options will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register early!

 

C.E.U.s Available: Soil Scientist, Wetland Scientist, Forester, NHDES Subsurface Bureau – 3.0 credit hours

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015
See attached brochure for registration form.


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Location

  • Nancy S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

Thursday, 03/19/2015

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

SAFE reviews critical food safety and sanitation concepts such as personal hygiene, preventing cross contamination, and controlling time and temperature. SAFE workshops provide food safety training for new employees and refresher information for more experienced staff. The 2 hour workshop uses practical discussion and hands-on demonstrations to help participants apply safe food handling practices in the workplace. SAFE participants receive fact sheets and a certificate of attendance.

Location

  • NH Food Bank, 700 E. Industrial Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
(05:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

Training will be offered in March and April of 2015. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2015 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you.

Training will be offered at three different locations statewide in March and April of 2015.

 

The Nature Conservancy (Merrimack County), Concord, NH 03301     

March 16 & 23rd         5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: March 30th   5:30-8:30 pm

REGISTRATION

 

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date:  April 2nd   5:30-8:30 pm

REGISTRATION

 

UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County Office, North Haverhill, NH

April 7 & 14th              5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: April 21st   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

 

**Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.

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Location

  • Keene State College Science Center, 229 Main St., Room 102, Keene, NH, 03431

Hillsborough County Advisory Council
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Location

  • Hillsborough County UNHCE Office, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Saturday, 03/21/2015

Hillsborough County Activities Day
(09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

The 2015 Hillsborough County 4-H Activities Day will be held on Saturday March 21st at the Milford Middle School. This is an opportunity to see 4-Hers in action as they present demonstrations, action exhbits and public speaking. Photography and posters will be on display.

 

Public is welcome.

 

Location

  • Milford Middle School, 33 Osgood Rd, Milford, NH, 03055

4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl
(09:45 AM - 02:00 PM)

Open to Novice, Juniors, Seniors - This event will determine which seniors will be on the New Hampshire State Dairy Quiz Bowl Team.

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Location

  • Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole, NH, 03608

Dairy Novice Quiz Bowl
(10:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Fun Dairy Quiz Bowl for youth ages 8 to 11.  Come and learn about Quiz Bowl.

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Location

  • Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole, NH, 03608

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop and Field Trip
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Forest Health officials need the help of outdoor enthusiasts, especially birders, in detecting emerald ash borer (EAB), the most destructive forest pest in North America – which is now present at NH Audubon’s McLane Center and Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. You can help us locate this pest by spotting the characteristic bark damage caused by woodpeckers feeding on EAB larvae.

Molly Heuss of NH Division of Forest & Lands and Tim Fleury of UNH Cooperative Extension will teach you what to look for and how to report potentially infested trees. They will also discuss the history and biology of emerald ash borer, the status of infestations in NH, the impacts this insect is expected to have on NH’s forests and landscapes, and the steps NH Forest Health officials are taking to manage this insect. Phil Brown of NH Audubon will discuss the birds that feed on the Emerald Ash Borer and how to identify them, and will provide a landowner’s perspective on management of this forest pest.

 

Location

  • NH Audubon Center - Concord, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Monday, 03/23/2015

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Learn the ins and outs of working with ArcGIS 10.2 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.2 With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.2 to produce attractive, effective maps. Data processing and data editing technigues are also covered.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
(05:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

Training will be offered in March and April of 2015. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2015 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you.

Training will be offered at three different locations statewide in March and April of 2015.

The Nature Conservancy (Merrimack County), Concord, NH 03301     

March 16 & 23rd         5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: March 30th   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date:  April 2nd   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County Office, North Haverhill, NH

April 7 & 14th              5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: April 21st   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

**Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.

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Location

  • Nature Conservancy - Concord, 22 Bridge Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Farmland Access Info Night and Farmer/Landowner Mixer
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Are you interested in buying or leasing farmland?

Would you be willing to make your land available to a farmer for use?

Do you want to meet other farmers and farmland owners? 

If yes, this gathering is for you.  You will learn about finding farmland or a farmer for your land, understand purchase, lease and financing options, meet and greet farmers and landowners in the region, hear leasing success stories to learn about the nuts and bolts of crafting a good lease and building a strong relationship. 

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Location

  • Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury St., Keene, NH, 03431

Tuesday, 03/24/2015

Introduction to ArcGIS 10.2
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Learn the ins and outs of working with ArcGIS 10.2 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.2 With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.2 to produce attractive, effective maps. Data processing and data editing technigues are also covered.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301


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