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John Kanter: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
June 18, 2007

Help Support New Hampshire's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife!

CONCORD, N.H. - If you care about endangered wildlife, it's time to get out the checkbook and make a contribution to the 2007 annual fund campaign for the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program. The program welcomes contributions at any time, but the annual fund campaign, which focuses on bringing in $50,000 in donations to match a challenge grant from the State legislature, wraps up June 30. Funds received will also help meet the required state share of a Federal matching grant for the Nongame program, which is run by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

"It's much easier and cheaper to keep common species common than it is to try to restore species that are in trouble," said John Kanter, coordinator of the Nongame program. "New Hampshire currently has two new species being considered for the federal threatened or endangered status - the New England cottontail and Blanding's turtle. It is critical that we get to work quickly to initiate proactive conservation so that we're already making headway towards recovery if a federal listing happens. Early intervention leads to more likely success for saving species, and in the long run, saving money."

New Hampshire's Wildlife Action Plan lays out priorities for this work. "The Wildlife Action Plan identifies the actions we need to take to make the greatest difference for the species and habitats most at risk in the state," said Kanter. "We already have applied the best available science and most up-to-date technology to identify significant wildlife habitat and work with local communities interested in conserving vital fish and wildlife habitat. New species protection efforts will focus on Blanding's turtles, New England cottontail and marbled salamanders, as well as others."

To contribute to the 2007 Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program annual fund, 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 to visit the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program web page, with links to a print-and-mail contribution form. With a contribution of $35 or more, you'll receive both a "Snakes of N.H." and a "Wetland Birds of N.H." field identification card, only available to Nongame donors.

Donations that arrive after the June 30 deadline will be gratefully accepted and credited toward the 2008 campaign.

All 56 U.S. state and territorial agencies now have federally approved Wildlife Action Plans in place that collectively provide a nationwide blueprint of actions to conserve imperiled species and prevent them from becoming endangered. New Hampshire's plan was created through a collaborative effort involving biologists, conservationists, landowners, sportsmen and the general public. New Hampshire's plan was approved in 2006 by a national acceptance team consisting of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff and directors from state Fish and Wildlife agencies. It has been hailed by an independent non-profit as one of the best in the nation.

To download the N.H. Wildlife Action Plan, click here.

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