NRCS Chief Visits New Hampshire
NRCS Chief Tours New Hampshire
June 11, 2008
Chief Arlen Lancaster demonstrated his dedication to conservation in New
Hampshire on his recent visit to Vermont and New
sweltering temperatures that begot community “cooling centers” and air quality
warnings from health officials, Chief Lancaster remained enthusiastic about his
whirlwind schedule in both states.
With State Conservationist George W. Cleek, IV as his
guide in NH, Chief Lancaster toured the newly restored watershed and stream banks of Warren Brook
and Cold River, where a devastating flood killed several people and damaged
homes and businesses in 2005. Along for the tour was District Conservationist
Deborah Weymouth, who stressed the immense efforts put forth by NRCS employees
and other helping hands to rebuild the area. Ed Hansalik, an NRCS
Civil Engineer who worked on the project, was there to give the Chief a detailed
account of the vast restoration efforts.
Chief Lancaster also visited the
Holmes Farm, a 4th generation farm and long-time participant in NRCS
programs, located in the town of Langdon. After discussing the conservation
on the farm, the Chief took time to listen to Jeff and Steve Holmes’ concerns
regarding their land and farming in general.
The day ended with a gala affair in Walpole, celebrating
the closing of the Ballam Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP)
easement, a significant achievement that exemplifies the great conservation work instituted
throughout New Hampshire. The Chief was remarkably unruffled and composed as he
spoke to a group of about 30 at the indoor reception, even after touring the
site in 90-degree temperatures.
Lancaster emphasized the need for organizations to work together toward the
protection, conservation, and sustainable use of our natural resources.
In the spirit of cooperative conservation, NRCS worked with The Trust for Public Land, The Monadnock
Conservancy, and the Town of Walpole’s Conservation Committee to prevent
development on the Ballam farm.