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Apr 3, 2016 1:59 PM

$1.9 million in grant money to save forests, rivers up for grabs

The Associated Press

CONCORD (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 the utility company 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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