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Saving New England's Wildlife Amplification Grants

Blue Herons ME, photo by Jerry & Marcy MonkmanOctober 13, 2009 - The Open Space Institute has awarded six grants to projects that will amplify support for the conservation of natural areas in Maine, New  Hampshire and Massachusetts.

These Amplification Grants are a key component of Saving New England's Wildlife, an initiative aimed at accelerating the conservation of wildlife habitat identified as conservation priorities by these states in their wildlife action plans. In 2001, all 50 states created such plans, identifying their most vulnerable wildlife lands. Through the vision and generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, OSI established the initiative to further the effectiveness and impact of these plans.

The grants announced today will support activities that include: developing practical tools and approaches for adapting wildlife conservation strategies to climate change; educating public and private decision-makers about the need and benefits of increased funding for wildlife conservation; and producing maps that identify a region’s most critical natural resources. 

In a time of limited resources, we are pleased to award these critical grants aimed at helping Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts protect the landscapes that have been identified as top conservation priorities.
Wildlife Action Plans.

2009 Awards

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Adaptation Plans for Demonstration Sites 
Manomet Center will develop practical tools for wildlife habitat adaptation to climate change on sites in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. These sites will demonstrate the need for adaptation funding and integrate lessons learned into the State Wildlife Action Plans.

National Wildlife Refuge Association
Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge as a Catalyst for Landscape Conservation
NWRA will coordinate a large coalition to secure acquisition funding for Conte National Wildlife Refuge and to meet the Refuge’s and SWAP habitat conservation goals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Wildlife Management Institute
New England Cottontail Recovery Program 
The grant will be used to build coalitions, secure funding, and protect habitat in Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Maine to keep the New England Cottontail off the federal Endangered Species List.

Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and
The Nature Conservancy
The Case for Wildlife Maine
These two partners will conduct public opinion research, document unfunded SWAP priorities, and develop recommendations for new statewide wildlife funding.

Mass Department of Fish and Game
BioMap Update Outreach
The Department of Fish and Games will create and disseminate BioMap 2, Massachusetts' climate sensitive resource mapping.

Trust for Public Land 
Maine Community Scape
TPL will provide a conservation model to help implement SWAPs and leverage land protection funding by bringing together stakeholders to identify, prioritize, and map critical natural resources in Maine’s lakes region.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Melville
New England Coordinator
Open Space Institute
26 School Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Tel: 207-846-9700



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