Dec 2, 2015 1:34 PM
13 wetlands and waterways to benefit from state environmental grants
CONCORD – More than $2.2 million will be distributed among 13 projects to restore or protect wetlands around the state, the state Department of Environmental Services announced Wednesday.
Projects receiving funds include:
Androscoggin River Service Area:
$61,000 to permanently protect 6.6 acres of land to add to the Milan Community Forest. The land includes about 420 feet of river frontage on the Androscoggin River.
Salmon Falls to Piscataqua River Service Area:
$190,500 to restore a total of five acres of oyster reef to improve water quality in the Great Bay Estuary The two restoration tracts are adjacent to existing restoration areas, creating a contiguous 12-acre reef block in Greenland.
$135,000 for a multi-habitat restoration project in Cutts Cove, Portsmouth.
$148,000 to purchase 195 acres of land to create a new forest reservation in the towns of Durham, Madbury and Lee, including wetland an frontage on the Oyster River and Dube Brook.
Merrimack River Service Area:
$180,000 for stream passage improvements on McQuesten Brook in Bedford. A previous grant provided funds for the removal of dams in Manchester to improve fisheries habitat and stream connectivity upstream of this location.
$70,000 to acquire a conservation easement on a 101-acre Goffstown property which abuts and expands the existing 126-acre Blackbriar Woods Preserve.
$300,000 for the acquisition of two parcels located off of Lakeview Road and West Parish Road in the Penacook Lake Watershed. Acquisition will link other protected land in the area, adding to a block of approximately 900 acres of conservation land within the watershed.
$217,200 to permanently protect two Pittsfield properties with more than 500 acres in the Wild Goose Pond watershed.
Lower Connecticut River Service Area:
$362,385 for the fee acquisition of 995 acres of the Smith Pond Shaker Forest property in Enfield. The remote 68-acre Smith Pond is the stunning wetland centerpiece of the property, and it is surrounded by other high quality wetlands and mature forest.
$147,615 to protect over 29 acres of floodplain forest, hayfield, and high quality oxbow wetlands through a conservation easement in Swanzey. The NH Wildlife Action Plan ranks the majority of the project area as Tier 1, top ranked habitat in the State.
Contoocook River Service Area:
$150,000 for the purchase of the 236-acre Brown property in Sutton. The Brown tract directly abuts the Forest Society’s 1,054-acre Black Mountain Forest, which in turn abuts the 4,565-acre Mt. Kearsarge State Forest creating a block of over 9,000 acres of contiguous conservation land.
Middle Connecticut River Service Area:
$100,000 to conserve 203 acres of forest land, 4,327 linear feet of frontage on the Ammonoosuc River, and over 7,500 linear feet of streams that drain across the site and into the Ammonoosuc including Black Brook and Barrett Brook.
Upper Connecticut River Service Area:
$5,000 to complete aquatic restoration work in the Nash Stream watershed in the towns of Odell and Stratford.