White River 
Natural Resources Conservation District

About the Conservation District

Since 1940 the White River Natural Resources Conservation District (WRNRCD) has provided conservation assistance to the people living in the area through education programs, technical assistance, and partnerships with federal, state, and local watershed groups.  WRNRCD works with landowners, farmers, foresters, schools, municipalities, and local watershed groups to encourage, enhance, and continue natural resource conservation in the White River Watershed and Basin 14. The White River Conservation District is one of 14 districts in Vermont.  Each district is governed by a Board of Supervisors who are local landowners in the district.  We receive a limited amount of funding from Vermont Agency of Agriculture and primarily implement our programs through grants. 



STAFF WHITE RIVER NRCD

District Manager: Steve Mortillo

Steve Mortillo is an Iraq War Veteran and a graduate of The University of Vermont Environmental Science Water Resources program. He comes to the District from the National Park Service where he conducted invasive plant managment, wildlife monitoring and orchard management operations. He lives in Tunbridge VT with his wife and young son.

Conservation Specialist: Lisa Niccolai

Lisa is a licensed forester in the State of Vermont and holds a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry. She has experience in watershed forest management, land stewardship and easement monitoring. 

 
NRCS AFFILIATE​
Soil Conservationist:  Maggie Hayes
(802)295-7942 X 110

Margaret works for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a soil conservationsist.  She is a native Vermonter and works to assist farmers and landowners with federal cost share programs and farm viability programs.

Board of Supervisors

​The board of supervisors is comprised of 4 members.  Elections are held each year for 5 year terms in November.   Supervisors direct the work and mission of the conservation district and provide local knowledge concerning soil and water health and landowner needs.  The supervisors represent the landowners in the district.  Please contact them with any concerns or thoughts regarding soil and water health in your area! For program or project information, please contact the District Manager. 

Alvina Harvey: Chair
Rochester VT, (802) 767-3327

Larry Allen: Supervisor
Chelsea, VT (802)-685-4579

Alvina Harvey is from Rochester VT.  
Larry is a retired dairy farmer in the hills of Chelsea.  His son operates and manages the small dairy farm.  His life experience, agricultural background, and extensive local knowledge are huge contributers to the White River District. 

Janet Angell, Secretary
Randolph, VT (802)728-5097

Larry Martin, Treasurer
Bradford, VT (802)222-5589

Janet is the most recent supervisor elected to the board.  Janet works on White Rock Farm with her husband and two sons.  They recently installed a new barn with an innovative manure pit underneath.  Janet and her family are very active with the East Bethel Grange making fantastic chicken pie suppers! Her and her husband also operate a small saw mill in East Bethel, and not to forget their wonderful maple syrup!
Larry Martin is a recently "retired" dairy farmer in the Connecticut Valley in Bradford.  Larry continues to keep busy raising heifers, beef, cropping, and keeping his small farm looking sharp with the larger farms surrounding him. On the weekends, you might catch Larry dancing and enjoying life!

Vermont Association of Conservaton Districts (VACD) 



All conservation districts are members of VACD. VACD manages agricultural programming and provide technical staff, partnerships with agencies, and acts as the legislative liaison for conservation districts.  The VACD website acts as a portal of information for their work and also the work of the 14 conservation districts in Vermont.  If you would like to learn more about the role VACD plays or connect with another conservation district, please visit the VACD website.