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June 22, 2010

Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Needs Donations to Receive $50,000 Matching Grant

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program has until June 30, 2010 to raise $50,000 in private donations. If they succeed, the Nongame Program will qualify to receive an additional $50,000 in matching funds through a grant offered by the State of New Hampshire. “Every dollar donated is matched 100 percent by the state grant, up to $50,000,” said John Kanter, Coordinator for the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program. Donations also count toward the required state share of a Federal matching grant, making each dollar donated go further in helping to protect and restore endangered species and their habitats in the Granite state.

Donors who give $35 or more will receive the new "Butterflies of N.H." and "Owls of N.H." field identification cards, created especially for Nongame Program contributors. Supporters will also receive a subscription to the NH Fish and Game’s newsletter, “Wildlines,” to stay up-to-date with how their contributions are benefitting New Hampshire wildlife.

To make a donation to the Nongame Program, visit www.wildnh.com/nongame and select “Support the Nongame Program” on the list of quick links. There, you can make a donation online, or print a form to mail with your contribution to: Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. Donations are tax-deductible.

All donations received by June 30 will help meet the challenge and be matched dollar-for-dollar by the State of New Hampshire up to $50,000. Donations that arrive after the June 30 deadline will be gratefully accepted and credited toward next year’s campaign.

As the steward for the state's nongame wildlife (species that are not hunted, fished or trapped), the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program works to protect and conserve more than 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, rare butterflies and other invertebrates.

The Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program works with conservation partners throughout the state to protect our natural resources. Current projects include leading a restoration effort for endangered New England cottontails, not only here in New Hampshire, but throughout their entire range; initiating new research such as using radio telemetry to track threatened black racer snakes and endangered upland sandpipers, and using the Wildlife Action Plan to help land use planners identify the best areas for conservation in their local communities.

Find out more about the program and New Hampshire's nongame species at www.wildnh.com/nongame.

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