Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
June 22, 2005
Nongame Wildlife 2005 Campaign Nears End
CONCORD, N.H. -- Wildlife boosters have one week left to "join the flock" and contribute to the 2005 Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program annual fund campaign, which must bring in $50,000 in donations each year to match a challenge grant from the State legislature.
Why support the Nongame Program in New Hampshire? "It's much, much easier and cheaper to keep common species common than it is to try to restore a species that's in trouble," said John Kanter, coordinator of the program. "The Nongame Program works every day to learn about and protect the full array of New Hampshire wildlife and habitats. We are using the best available science and most up-to-date technology to identify significant wildlife habitat, so that we can work with local communities to help guide vital fish, wildlife and habitat conservation efforts."
New Hampshire Fish and Game is the guardian of the Granite State's 500-plus species of fish and wildlife. More than a hundred of these species -- including the New Hampshire state bird, the purple finch -- have been identified by the Nongame Program as conservation targets because their future survival in New Hampshire is in question. The Nongame Program is currently in the final stages of developing a comprehensive 3-year Wildlife Conservation Strategy, an effort federally funded through State Wildlife Grants and supported by private donations.
Those who would like to contribute to the 2005 Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program annual fund campaign should send donations by June 30 to: Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, N.H. Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. For more information, call (603) 271-2461 or CLICK HERE. Donations that arrive after the June 30 deadline will be gratefully accepted and credited toward the 2006 campaign.
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