In Search of Matching Grants for NH Nongame Wildlife

CONCORD, NH – The stakes are high for dozens of nongame species in New Hampshire that are tied directly to diverse and functional habitats. To help protect habitat and restore species such as the Karner blue butterfly, New England cottontail, Blanding’s turtle and roseate tern, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to support its 2018 appeal for its Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.

New England cottontail

New Hampshire's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife program helps the New England cottontail and many other species.

The State of New Hampshire offers a $50,000 challenge grant to fund the work of the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program — but to qualify, NH Fish and Game must raise an equal amount in private contributions by June 30.

Visit www.wildnh.com/nongame to learn more about the program and to donate.

Donations support field research and monitoring of nongame and endangered wildlife identified as priority species in the N.H. Wildlife Action Plan; technical assistance to other organizations and private landowners; and direct on-the-ground species and habitat restoration efforts. Hunting and fishing license revenue does not support nongame wildlife protection efforts.

Just as landscapes define New Hampshire, diverse habitat is critical to wildlife populations — common species, as well as those that are threatened or endangered.

“Habitats matter — to you, to wildlife, and to what New Hampshire means as a state,” said Nongame Program Supervisor Mike Marchand. “One of the best tools we have to protect habitats that matter most to wildlife is the Wildlife Action Plan.”

The Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program works with state and private partners to protect more than 400 species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, as well as thousands of invertebrate species in New Hampshire.

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(Originally published by NHFISHGAME.COM June 14, 2018)