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CONTACT:Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H.
Nancy Berliner, Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire
(603) 545-4873 or coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org
www.nhwildlifefoundation.org
April 22, 2011

Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H. Announces 2011 Grant Awards

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire has announced its first round of grant awards to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for 2011.

A $1,000 grant was made to help underwrite the cost of the 2011 Discover Wild New Hampshire Day, coming up on April 30 at the N.H. Fish and Game Department (11 Hazen Drive)  in Concord. This event, held since 1989, caters to wildlife enthusiasts of all ages and serves to showcase both Fish and Game's extensive work in wildlife management and conservation and the work of the Department's many conservation partners around the state.

Wild Times for Kids, an educational publication produced by Fish and Game that reaches a majority of elementary and middle schools throughout the state, was granted $7,000 for printing and mailing 28,000 copies of the Spring 2011 issue. This colorful and informative publication provides students with reading opportunities in science, as well as a chance to learn about New Hampshire wildlife and related ecological concepts in the classroom.

The 2011 N.H. Hunting and Fishing Expo received a $5,000 grant to help underwrite the cost of running this year's event, which will take place on September 24, 2011.  The event is held each year as part of the nationwide Hunting and Fishing Day celebration. At the N.H. Fish and Game Department in Concord, there will be a hands-on expo featuring seminars, services, and products related to hunting and fishing. Many national manufacturers and other representative outdoor groups will be invited to participate. On the same day, Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness will celebrate New Hampshire’s hunting heritage by hosting shooting, archery and hunting related clinics throughout the day.

A grant of $1,000 will help kick off a major initiative to improve the structure, appearance and functionality of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website. The website, www.wildnh.com, has become the centerpiece of the Department’s communications.

In addition to these grants, the Foundation supports on-going program needs at the N.H. Fish and Game Department by acting as a fiscal agent for individual and corporate donations. Examples of these restricted funds are the Barry Conservation Camp renovations and long-term maintenance program, the aerial stocking of remote ponds, and the canine search and rescue program. Individuals interested in making donations to these or other Fish and Game programs, please contact Nancy Berliner, Foundation Coordinator at 603-545-4873 or email coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org.

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, including an opportunity to give online, visit www.nhwildlifefoundation.org.

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