The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced fourteen grants totaling $1.8 million to protect and restore habitat for native bird and fish populations in New England.
Awarded through the New England Forests and Rivers Fund, a public-private partnership comprising NFWF, the American Forest Foundation, the Avangrid Foundation, Eversource, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the grants will support projects designed to restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers on public and private land in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The grants also are expected to generate more than $2.7 million in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of nearly $4.6 million.
Recipients include Trout Unlimited, which was awarded $120,000 to remove barriers to five fish passages; the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, which will receive more than $53,000 to add woody materials in tributaries of the Connecticut River with the goal of restoring habitat for eastern brook trout; and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, which was awarded more than $50,000 to create habitat sites that showcase the agricultural benefits of endangered pollinators, including the monarch butterfly and the American bumble bee.
"The northeastern U.S. is the most heavily forested region in the country, and more than half of these forests are owned by families and individuals. These landowners play a key role in addressing our cross-boundary conservation challenges," said American Forest Foundation president and CEO Tom Martin. "Family forest owners care about wildlife and have the ability to improve the habitat that wildlife need to succeed. We are proud to be a part of the New England Forests and Rivers Fund to provide landowners with the support and resources they need to steward their land."
(Photo credit: Andy Reago, Chrissy McClarren)