The NH Fish and Game Department was awarded $53,200 in grants from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire this month, bringing the total awards to, and funds leveraged for, Department programs at just over $500,000 since 2009.
This year's successful grant proposals included two research projects, a first for the Foundation's portfolio of grant awards over the past four years. Biologist Kevin Sullivan from the Marine Division will be studying the passage of river herring over the breached Wadleigh Falls dam on the Lamprey River in Lee, NH. Joshua Carloni, also a biologist with the Marine Division will be mapping a tracking ovigerous (pregnant) female lobsters in NH state waters.
Grants were also awarded for construction of an mobile education trailer for the Operation Game Thief Program at the Law Enforcement Division, Orphan Bear Cub Rehabilitation Program through the Wildlife Division, an education pavilion for the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, NH, educational kiosks for the Connecticut Lakes Natural Area, and underwriting of both the 2013 North American Moose Conference in Whitefield, NH, and the 2013 National Hunting and Fishing Day where the Foundation holds its annual raffle.
"Thanks to the Foundation Board of Directors for this award, but more importantly for their hard work and dedication on behalf of The Fish and Game Department and all the invaluable natural resources that we have the good fortune to manage on behalf of our citizenry", responded Mark Ellingwood, Chief of the Wildlife Division, when notified of the award for the 2013 North American Moose Conference.