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Rancher recognizes importance of environmental conservation

CHESTERTOWN Chris Boggia has a new sign on the side of his barn. His horse farm, the Circle B Ranch in Chestertown, was one of two Warren County farms to receive the Agricultural Environmental Management award that recognizes the commitment to soil and water conservation. Boggia was one of the first to come to the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District for help in managing his land. A lot of his land is wet and flat, said Natural Resource Specialist Lori Kerrigan, who works for the county conservation district. We helped him with field drainage and fertility. Boggia recently built an indoor riding and boarding facility and had county help with drainage for that facility as well. Now Boggia is trying to reclaim an area of his property that hasnt been used for several years. Its about 12 acres, and Ill have to do some chainsaw work, Boggia said. Ill try to use no-till re-seeding to avoid plowing. Adirondack land is notoriously rocky and Boggia would spend more time moving rocks if he used a plow. Boggia said he recently re-fenced his property, which is used for grazing his 30 horses and for trail riding. Some of the old fencing was from the 60s, he said. I replaced it with safe fencing, and Im removing all barbed wire now. Boggia keeps his fields clear of re-growth by aggressively mowing, which the family has done for the past 45 years. He is also working on rotational grazing to preserve his pasture land. My primary business is trail riding, so we do a lot of work on the trails to prevent erosion, he said. He owns 40 acres and rents over 500 which he also maintains for his trail system. He also has sleigh and hay rides and is beginning to board horses in his new building.

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