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Liza Poinier (603) 271-3211
June 26, 2002

New Projects Funded by the Moose Plate

CONCORD, N.H. - Several new historic and natural conservation projects will be funded by sales of New Hampshire's moose plate, including repairing Fort Constitution in New Castle and restoring common loons to the state's lakes and ponds.

Since December 2000, New Hampshire drivers have registered or renewed more than 37,000 vehicles with the conservation plate, depicting a moose designed by Plaistow artist James Collins. Those sales have raised $1.13 million for an array of projects that preserve the state's natural and historic resources and improve the quality of life for those who live in and visit the Granite State.

Among the projects regularly funded by the moose plate are: the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, which offers communities grants for local conservation projects; the Department of Transportation's roadside native wildflower planting program; and two natural resource conservation grants programs by the State Conservation Committee.

The plate also funds many special projects, which are reviewed and approved regularly by the New Hampshire Conservation Plate Advisory Committee. They include:

New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources:

  • Hopkinton covered railroad bridge - Install fire detection and sprinkler systems and apply fire retardant chemical to wooden parts; add interior lighting for security. This is the oldest covered railroad bridge in the United States and sorely needs rehabilitation.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department:

  • Common Nighthawk Conservation Project - Work with volunteers and the Audubon Society of New Hampshire to better understand the population of this state-endangered bird; develop plans with building owners to increase nesting and fledgling success.
  • Seabird restoration at the Isles of Shoals - Continue conservation efforts with the Audubon Society of New Hampshire to restore common and roseate terns on the shoals. This is a highly successful collaboration with other agencies, foundations, organizations and businesses.
  • Grassland bird monitoring - Work with the Audubon Society of New Hampshire to assess status and management needs of upland sandpiper, purple martin and grasshopper sparrow.
  • Common Loon Recovery Initiative - Work with the Loon Preservation Committee to complete database and assess information on this state-threatened water bird.
  • Amphibians as indicators of land and water habitat quality - Provide critically needed information to assess habitat to guide protection and mitigation efforts.

New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation:

  • Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown - Improve and repair historic buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
  • Weeks Estate, Lancaster - Roofing repairs at this historic estate atop Mount Prospect.
  • Fort Constitution, New Castle - Repair masonry at this 18th century colonial brick fort. First of a multi-year effort.
  • Robert Frost Farm, Derry - Complete an assessment of conservation needs at this historic site.
New Hampshire Natural Heritage Inventory:
  • Natural Community Guide and Classification of New Hampshire - Prepare, publish and distribute a book on the state's natural plant communities. Book will help landowners, land managers, developers and the public.
  • Guide to Visiting New Hampshire's Natural Heritage - Expand guide to locations where natural communities, such as old-growth forests, can be seen and enjoyed by the general public. To be available on the web, as well as a brochure.

Moose plates cost $30 annually, plus a one-time administrative fee of $5 for the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Gift certificates for the conservation plate are available where the plates are sold and at www.mooseplate.com.

The plates are available at 13 offices of the Division of Motor Vehicles, as well as 58 municipal offices throughout the state that are on-line with the division. Those offices include Albany, Alexandria, Barnstead, Bartlett, Bedford, Boscawen, Bradford, Brentwood, Bristol, Brookfield, Candia, Canterbury, Charlestown, Chester, Colebrook, Deerfield, Dublin, East Kingston, Francestown, Gilford, Goffstown, Gorham, Greenville, Hampstead, Harrisville, Henniker, Hinsdale, Hopkinton, Kingston, Lancaster, Lincoln, Madbury, Middleton, Milton, Mont Vernon, Newbury, Newfields, New Hampton, Newton, Northfield, Northumberland, Ossipee, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Rollinsford, Rumney, Sunapee, Sutton, Tuftonboro, Walpole, Whitefield, Washington, Wentworth, Winchester, Windham and Woodstock.

For more information about the conservation plate, visit www.mooseplate.com.

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