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Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH logoCONTACT:
Nancy Berliner, Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire
(603) 545-4873, coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org, www.nhwildlifefoundation.org
October 10, 2011

Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire Awards $29,300 in Grants to NH Fish and Game

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire is pleased to announce its most recent round of grant awards, totaling $29,300, to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

NH Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness received its second award from the Foundation, in the amount of $10,000. The funds will be used to install outdoor lighting needed to expand evening programming at the center.

The Department's Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin was awarded $10,000 to launch The Barry Camp Endowment, a long-term maintenance fund. The endowment fund is critical for the viability of the camp into the future, ensuring that New Hampshire children have a place to learn outdoor skills and appreciation for the natural world. This year, the popular camp reopened for summer youth activities after $35,000 in private donations was raised in less than a year to fund major renovations that were completed by many dedicated volunteers. The Foundation continues to accept donations for Barry Camp, with a goal of raising an additional $60,000 for the Barry Camp Endowment and the camp's Capital Improvement Fund.

"Kids for Karners," NH Fish and Game's Karner Blue Butterfly conservation education program, received $2,000 in support of transporting approximately 600 students from six Concord schools to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Karner Blue Butterfly Refuge on the Concord Pine Barrens. The students assist Fish and Game staff and volunteers with restoration of both the barrens and the butterfly by planting lupine and other native plants favored by the Karner blue. "It is so important that we get the students out into the field to see and experience firsthand the butterflies in their natural habitat; it brings the program full circle. Funding from the Foundation for their transportation allows us to do this," said Marilyn Wyzga, who coordinator the Kids for Karners Program for Fish and Game, as she received news of her grant award.

NH Fish and Game's 2012 National Hunting and Fishing Day N.H. Sportsmen's Expo received its third annual award from the Foundation, in the amount of $4,800, in support of facilities equipment rental and event promotion. The Foundation has also established a successful annual raffle as part of the Expo that has become an increasingly popular fundraiser for the organization.

NH Fish and Game's Operation Land Share/Landowner Recognition Program was awarded $2,500 in support of creating collateral material for promotion and outreach.  Operation Land Share has secured hunting access to over 50,000 acres of private land in New Hampshire through landowner recruitment. Chuck Miner, administrator of the Landowner Relations Program, was pleased to hear of the grant award. "Two of the key elements of this program, which make it so successful, are reaching out to landowners and showing appreciation for their participation. This grant will make it easier to reach our goal of doubling program participation over the next two years," said Miner.

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, please visit www.nhwildlifefoundation.org or email coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org.

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