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Jim Oehler (603) 271-2605
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April 7, 2003

Workshops Explore Wildlife Habitat in Piscassic, Lamprey River Watersheds

CONCORD, N.H. -- Two upcoming community workshops will explore the results of an effort to map significant wildlife habitats in the Piscassic and Lower and Upper Lamprey River watersheds. Sessions will be offered on April 22 from 7-9 p.m. at the Newmarket Town Hall and again on April 30 from 7-9 p.m. at the Epping Town Hall. The free workshops will be of interest to town officials and conservationists concerned about identifying important wildlife habitats. For more information, call (603) 271-2605.

Funded by the New Hampshire Estuaries Project, the habitat mapping initiative is a collaborative project of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, The Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, the Living Legacy Project, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

"Many communities cite wildlife habitat protection as a primary goal of open space planning and conservation initiatives," said Jim Oehler, an outreach biologist with N.H. Fish and Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program. "Nevertheless, funds are always limited and all land has value to wildlife. Studies like this one can help towns identify their most significant habitats so they can better focus their conservation efforts."

At the workshops, officials from N.H. Fish and Game, UNH Cooperative Extension and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests will describe how the potential wildlife habitats were identified and how area towns can use the results in their planning and conservation efforts.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish and wildlife resources.

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