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Nancy Berliner, Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, (603) 545-4873 or coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org
www.WildNH.com/foundation
August 9, 2010

Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH Announces $44,000 in 2010 Grant Awards

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire has granted the following awards so far in 2010, totaling $44,000 in support of various New Hampshire Fish and Game Department projects:

The Foundation awarded $20,000 for Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, in Holderness, N.H., to assist in making substantial improvements to its small and large bore ranges, upgrade utilities, and construct a new building in support of expanding its educational programming. The grant was made possible in part by a $2,500 donation to the Foundation from the NH Chapter of Safari Club International. Owl Brook is one of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's showcase facilities and program centers. A multi-purpose indoor-outdoor training and education facility on 500 acres of forested land, the Center currently serves over 1,500 participants every year through archery, shooting, orienteering and wildlife habitat management training programs. The facility provides indoor classroom and meeting space as well as a covered firing range, shotgun training area, and wooded trails for archery and orienteering practice. The Foundation is seeking another corporate donor to help leverage an additional $120,360 in federal funding for Owl Brook through the Federal Aid and Wildlife Restoration Act.

Fish and Game's Landowner Relations Program was awarded a $10,000 grant to assist in promoting the program statewide, and to acknowledge through several events the contributions made by private landowners to facilitate public access to critical hunting, fishing and conservation areas. Recognizing that the generosity of landowners in providing access to their land is critical to the future of hunting and fishing, the Landowner Relations Program focuses on maintaining access by identifying the issues and concerns landowners face and working proactively to address them. Visit http://www.wildnh.com/landshare.

The Foundation awarded Fish and Game a $4,800 grant to help underwrite the cost of running its annual National Hunting and Fishing Day Sporting Expo in Concord on September 25, 2010.  The event is one of two free New Hampshire events Fish and Game will hold in observance of the day (visit http://www.huntnh.com/nhfday). The Sporting Expo at Fish and Game's headquarters in Concord features more than 40 exhibitors showcasing the latest hunting and fishing gear, plus demos and displays to get hunters primed for the season. Also on September 25, an Open House at Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness will have hands-on activities for all ages, including shooting ranges and hunting and trapping demos.

The Great Bay Special Collections Exhibit, a project of Fish and Game's Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, N.H., received a $9,200 grant for construction of exhibit space that will display and preserve antique hunting and fishing artifacts, publications and audio records for future generations. Visitors to the Great Bay Discovery Center and the Hugh Gregg Coastal
Conservation Center will have an opportunity to see items once used by hunters and anglers in their pursuit of game and other natural resources of the Great Bay Estuary. The natural history and historical populations of species such as waterfowl, anadromous fish, oysters and clams will be interpreted, as well as the wildlife management actions taken by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to conserve, manage and protect these essential resources.

The Foundation also announced generous contributions received to date in 2010. These included:

  • A donation of $2,500 from the NH Chapter of Safari Club International for improvements at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center (as mentioned above).

  • A $1,500 donation from the Safari Club Foundation based out of Tucson, Ariz., in support of Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center.

  • A donation of $1,600 was made to help support Fish and Game's remote pond aerial fish stocking program, a program treasured by anglers both in and out of state. Of this, $1,000 was contributed by and the Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and $600 was given by the NH Guides Association.

  • The Pemigewasset Chapter of Trout Unlimited made an $800 donation in support of Fish and Game Law Enforcement's K-9 anti-poaching program.

  • Nobis Engineering made a $500 donation for Foundation general operating expenses.

  • The engineering firm of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike donated $3,300 toward creation of a new website for the Foundation, currently under construction.

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire is the official non-profit partner of the N.H. Fish and Game Department. The Foundation raises money and works with wildlife professionals and conservation education partners to fund the Department's conservation of wildlife and natural places important to New Hampshire's family traditions such as hiking, hunting, fishing and watching wildlife. Funding for the Foundation's grant program comes from individual and corporate donors, and from the annual auction of fish and game permits and licenses. In most cases, contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation accepts general and targeted cash donations, as well as annuities and endowments.

To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help conserve New Hampshire's wildlife and wild places, visit www.wildnh.com/foundation.

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