- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A program created to restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers throughout New England is seeking proposals for its next round of funding.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s New England Forests and Rivers Fund was created in 2015 with seed funding from Eversource. It invests in projects that improve the management of forestland, increase fish access to high quality habitat and enhance biodiversity by increasing the population of species such as the New England cottontail.

In its first year, it awarded 13 grants totaling $1.2 million. In New Hampshire, the grants went to projects in the White Mountains, Connecticut River Valley and the Seacoast.

“We are excited about what this program has accomplished to date, and even more excited about its ongoing potential to restore fish and wildlife habitat that is so vital to New England communities,” said Amanda Bassow, Director of NFWF’s Northeastern Regional Office.

The fund expects to award $1.9 million this year. Proposals are due May 19.

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