Grant match deadline to aid Fish and Game is June 30

CONCORD – The stakes are high for dozens of nongame species in New Hampshire that are tied directly to habitat diversity.

To help protect habitat and restore species like the Karner blue butterfly, New England cottontail, Blanding’s turtle and bald eagle, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to support its appeal for the New Hampshire Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.

New Hampshire offers a $50,000 challenge grant to fund the work of the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program – but to qualify, Fish and Game must raise an equal amount in private contributions by June 30.

Donations support field research and monitoring of nongame wildlife identified as priority species in the Wildlife Action Plan, which provides state decision-makers with tools for restoring and maintaining habitats. Hunting and fishing license revenue does not support nongame wildlife protection efforts.

Three dozen insects joined a range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the state’s published plan. These wildlife represent the quality and diversity of New Hampshire’s landscape. The Nongame Program works with state and private partners to protect more than 400 wildlife species in New Hampshire.

To donate or for more information, visit www.wildnh.com/nongame.