Shea-Porter Announces Over $1.5 Million for Imperiled Species Conservation

Washington D.C.—Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the State of New Hampshire will receive two grants, totaling $1,724,567, through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Competitive Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The SWG Competitive Program is for projects that implement strategies and actions to conserve imperiled species contained in approved State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plans (also known as State Wildlife Action Plans).


“As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, I am especially pleased with this news,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This important funding will help us protect New Hampshire wildlife.”


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will receive grants for the following programs:


-“Staying Connected in the Northern Appalachians – Mitigating Fragmentation & Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife through Functional Habitat Linkages”: $992,592 to maintain, enhance, and restore habitat connectivity for 41 wide-range and forest-dwelling species of concern including Canada lynx, American marten, wolf, black bear, and bobcat across the Northern Appalachian Ecoregion in order to mitigate the impacts of habitat fragmentation and climate change. And;


-“Rangewide New England Cottontail Initiative”: $731,975 to restore 1,200 acres of habitat, creating 50 new habitat patches across the New England cottontail rabbit’s range. The long-term goal of this initiative is to address the needs of the cottontail rabbit and over 100 other at-risk species that depend on early-successional habitats.