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Rick Ellsmore

Richard P. Ellsmore Appointed New Hampshire State Conservationist


After 25 years with the NRCS, Rick Ellsmore has been chosen to lead the NRCS in New Hampshire as its State Conservationist.   

Rick returned to the New Hampshire NRCS in November of 2008 as the Assistant State Conservationist for Operations after working as a State Resource Conservationist in Ohio for three years.  

Rick began his career with the NRCS in 1985 as a Student Trainee Soil Conservationist.  His other positions with the agency include Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist in several locations in Maine and New Hampshire, along with serving on National Headquarters details including: the National Efficiency Team, East Region Technology Workgroup, 2008 Farm Bill Team, and a 60-day detail on the Programs Staff.  During his Ohio tenure, he served as the State Resource Conservationist with responsibility for the State Technical Committee, Practice Payment Schedules, Technical Quality Assurance, Technical Service Providers, and Conservation Planning Training and Certification.  He also served as the technical contact for Contribution Agreements.  As the NH ASTC For Operations, Rick was responsible for supervising the field District Conservationists and RC&D Coordinators, creating and monitoring the NH Business Plan, State Quality Assurance Plan, and Annual Performance Goals.

Rick grew up in Eastern Maine and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Maine.  His personal interests include coaching and playing sports, hiking, movies, travel, reading, and the outdoors. He resides in Nottingham with his wife, Denise, and two daughters, Erika and Nicole.