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Upcoming events (Merrimack County)



Saturday, 03/07/2015

Presentation Day -Merrimack
(All day)

Location

  • Merrimack Valley Middle School, 14 Allen Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Blueberry & Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join Bill Lord and Amy Papineau from UNH Cooperative Extension for an informative pruning demonstration. These specialists will show how to properly prune blueberry bushes and various fruit trees to keep the plants productive and healthy.

Please come dressed for the weather, as this event will be held outside -- rain, snow, or shine.

Find more demos and events at extension.unh.edu/events

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Location

  • Blue Moon Berry Farm, 195 Waldron Hill Road, Warner, NH, 03278

Tuesday, 03/10/2015

Annual M.C. 4-H Foundation Meeting
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

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 - 09:00 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, UNH Cooperative Extension; and Lauren Kras, President of the Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon will be the presenters. Refreshments are at 7:00 pm. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend the program.

 

Website

Location

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

Thursday, 03/12/2015

Merrimack County Horse Leaders meeting
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

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

I Spy a Leader
(06:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Youth leadership and officer training workshop. RSVP is a must to be assured materials. Light dinner will be served and a certificate of completion awarded.

RSVP BY FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015

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Location

  • Merrimack County 4-H Office, NH,

Saturday, 03/14/2015

Snow Date Presentation Day -Merrimack
(All day)

Monday, 03/16/2015

Up By Roots Soil Workshop
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)


Based on his 2008 ISA published book, Up By Roots, James Urban, FASLA, will present a field workshop that covers the critical interrelationships between trees and soils. Topic will include basic soil properties; urban soils issues; the tools to analyze soil; how to undertake an urban soils evaluation; and a station on current nursery stock problems. Mr. Urban along with noted local experts will present at hands out doors stations, encouraging participants to touch and experience soil and trees.

 

Make sure to wear appropriate attire for both indoor and outdoor activities.

• High-Visibility vest, coat or clothing
• Hard Hat
• Eye protection


For a mail in registration form see the attached flyer.

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Location

  • Upper Valley Stewardship Center Oliverian School, Community Meeting House, 28 Becket Drive, Pike, NH, 03780

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

Tuesday, 03/17/2015

New Hampshire Arborist Association Meeting
(07:00 AM - 04:00 PM)


Pesticide Credits, ISA CEU’s and TCIA CEU’s available

Program:

7:00-8:00 Registration and networking, coffee & beverages available

8:00-8:30 NHAA Business Meeting and Vendor introductions

8:30-9:30 Piera Siegert: NH State Entomologist Division of Plant
Industry, The Changing Landscape of Insect Invasive’s in New England

9:30-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Jim Urban: FASLA / Urban Trees + Soils, Basic Soil and Tree Biology

11:00-12:00 Jim Urban: FASLA / Urban Trees + Soils, Trees, Nurseries and Specifications

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Wayne Peasely: Peasely Safety Consulting LLC, How to Survive a Roadside Inspection and DOT Audit

2:30-3:30 Douglas Cygan: Invasive Species Coordinator/Entomologist, Invasive Upland Plant Species of New Hampshire

3:30-4:00 Pesticide credits, ISA CEU’s and TCIA CEU’s

Mail in registration form: click here


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Location

  • Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH, 03301

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

Spring Landscape Conference
(09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

 

Annual Spring Conference for Landscapers.

 

The keynote speaker will be Robert Lyons, Professor Emeritus, of Landscape Horticulture with the University of Deleware. His presentation, "The Color of the Native Plant Palette" will highlight plants with qualities that are frequently considered colorful and visually appealing by landscapers and gardeners alike. Perhaps no other time in the history of herbaceous plant cultivation have we witnessed such a plethora of new and different plant choices in the marketplace, providing pleasant challenges for any gardener planning a new garden or enhancing those already existing. Color, site suitability, cost, and life cycle have frequently predominated most anyone’s decision process, and now species nativity has experienced a heightened value in making one’s selection.

 

Online registration is available here. The pre-registration deadline is March 10, 2015.

 

 

Location

  • NH Technical Institute, 31 College Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

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

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop for Landowners
(05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)


This is a landowner-focused workshop in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands and the Sugar Hill Conservation Commission to help people prepare for, understand, and identify EAB. Additionally an ash tree will be girdled to stress the tree and we will check back in the spring during the follow-up to this workshop to see if there are any signs of EAB activity. Forest Health Specialist Molly Heuss and county Forester David Falkenham will be presenting at this workshop. 

 

 

Location

  • Sugar Hill Town Hall, 1411 Route 117, Sugar Hill, NH, 03585

Merrimack County 4-H Advisory Meeting
(07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Thursday, 03/19/2015

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

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

Merrimack County Junior Leader Meeting
(06:45 PM - 09:00 PM)

Friday, 03/20/2015

Fashion Revue Sign Ups - Merrimack County
(All day)

Chef Challenge
(All day)

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


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