- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is getting a $1 million federal grant to conserve the more than 1,100-acre Great Bay Estuary-Harvey Forest and Wetlands property in Epping and Nottingham counties.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced more than $20 million in grants to 28 projects in 12 coastal states.

The service says the New Hampshire wetlands serve as important migrating, foraging and breeding habitat for fish and wildlife and in particular for the coastal dependent bird species that use freshwater wetlands and the Great Bay Estuary.

Gov. Maggie Hassan applauded the grant. She says the Great Bay is one of the state’s natural treasures that’s critical to the state’s economy. She says the state must do everything it can to protect its magnificent yet fragile ecosystem.

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