- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The deadline is nearing to apply for grants to help restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers throughout New England.

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.

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

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