RCPP Can Help Make New Hampshire's Strong Partnerships, Stronger Still
For a small state, New Hampshire has big challenges in natural resource conservation. From water quality issues in our tidal estuaries, rivers and lakes, invasive plants and insects threatening our farm and forestlands health and productivity to the continuous development pressures that drives land use change from farm and forest to asphalt and concrete.
Thankfully, since 1946 New Hampshire's Conservation Districts have worked with landowners, state and federal partners to put conservation practices in place that work toward enhancing our natural resource base.
One of the highlights of the recently passed 2014 Farm Bill is the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The RCPP is a new opportunity that will help bring new partners and cooperators to working lands conservation.
Partnerships are the cornerstone of working lands conservation efforts and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program encourages new entities to participate in conservation efforts.
Farmers and forestland owners have long known the value of working lands conservation programs and the RCPP can help us deliver the value of conservation to partners that may have not seen an entry point to engaging with working lands conservation to enhance their resource concerns.
The RCPP provides the opportunity to work with new partners from business, institutions, NGO's and municipalities on identifying resource concerns of critical importance and addressing them with them a targeted and flexible approach, too.
New Hampshire is known for its scenic beauty, from the White Mountains to our small and vibrant seacoast area to the small towns and farms that inspired Robert Frost and Norman Rockwell.
Sustainability has become a buzzword among, business, institutional and municipal leaders, large and small and working lands conservation has been quietly engaging in long term sustainable practices for generations.
The RCPP provides an opportunity to take sustainability off the buzzword list and put it to work in sustaining the resources we all depend on.
Roger Noonan, President, New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts