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NH Coverts Project Seeks Volunteers for New Hampshire's Wildlife and Forests

Contact:
Haley Andreozzi, UNH Cooperative Extension
haley.andreozzi@unh.edu, (603) 862-5327

January 3, 2018

DURHAM, N.H. -- The N.H. Coverts Project is accepting applications from new volunteers interested in taking part in the 2018 N.H. Coverts Project volunteer training workshop on May 2-5 at the Barbara C. Harris Conference Center in Greenfield.

 

Started in 1995, the N.H. Coverts Project has trained over 500 volunteers in promoting wildlife conservation and forest stewardship throughout the state. Each year, 25 conservation-minded residents gather with a team of natural resource professionals for a four-day workshop, where they learn about wildlife and forest ecology, habitat management, land conservation and effective outreach. There is a $50 registration fee; however, program sponsors fund all lodging, food and other expenses. In exchange for the training, participants commit to volunteer for at least 40 hours during the coming year and motivate others to become stewards of the state's wildlife and forest resources.

 

A covert (pronounced "cover" with a "t") is a thicket that provides shelter for wildlife. The term symbolizes the project's goal of enhancing, restoring and conserving habitat of native wildlife in New Hampshire. Once trained through the Coverts Program, participants become members of a knowledgeable statewide network connected through newsletters, field trips, reunions and workshops.

 

"Since attending the Coverts training, I feel more comfortable talking to people about land management and different wildlife species," says Rebecca Steeves of Grafton County. "As a science teacher, I am able to pass on to my students more accurate and New Hampshire-relevant information. As a member of my local conservation commission, I can better understand and work with land owners in management of private and public land in my area. The training has been a huge boost in my knowledge of our state's resources, as well as opportunities that will help me continue to learn and get involved in various projects and future trainings."

 

Coverts volunteers give their time in a variety of ways. Some volunteers lead field walks or organize volunteer work days, while others serve on town boards or manage their own property for wildlife habitat. Volunteers come from many backgrounds and professions, but are unified by their desire to help New Hampshire’s wildlife and forests.

 

The N.H. Coverts Project is sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Fish & Game. The program also receives support from the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands.

 

To apply for this year’s N.H. Coverts Project training, download and complete the 2018 N.H. Coverts Project Application at www.nhcoverts.org. The deadline for receiving applications is March 1, 2018. For more information, visit the project website at nhcoverts.org or contact project coordinator Haley Andreozzi at haley.andreozzi@unh.edu or (603) 862-5327.

 

 


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