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Nancy Berliner, (603) 545-4873 or coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org
Steve White, Board Chair, Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH - 603-568-7036
November 4, 2011

Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H.Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH Funds Conservation Easement Stewardship Grant

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire has awarded its first land conservation grant.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Wildlife Division was awarded a $5,000 matching grant from the Foundation to create a conservation easement stewardship endowment fund for the Low Plain Natural Area-Chandler Brook Unit in New London, N.H. 

The Town of New London purchased 67.6 acres, and will donate a conservation easement on the land to the Department. The Foundation's funding will be matched 50/50 by the Town of New London, creating an endowment of $10,000, the income from which will help sustain the stewardship management of the property in perpetuity.

"The Low Plain Natural Area encompasses an outstanding beaver pond that provides excellent habitat for many waterfowl species and many other species of wetland wildlife," said Edward Robinson, Waterfowl Project Leader for the Wildlife Division.  Cascade Brook is the primary water source for the beaver impoundment, and is also the primary water source for the Department's 125-acre Cascade Marsh Waterfowl Impoundment, just upstream from the Chandler Brook Project.

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire has been making grant awards to the Fish and Game Department since 2009. These awards cover a broad spectrum of programs and services offered by Fish and Game, including canine search and rescue, improvements at the Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Barry Conservation Camp, Wild Times for Kids educational publications, the Great Bay Special Collections Exhibit, and aerial stocking of remote trout ponds.

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire is the official non-profit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The Foundation raises funds in support of the Department’s conservation and management 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 grants program comes from individual and corporate donors, events, and from the annual auction of fish and game permits and licenses. For more information on the Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit www.nhwildlifefoundation.org or contact coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org.

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