Press Release 

For Release:  January 26, 2012

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces $1.1 million in grants to fund Connecticut River projects

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation recently announced $1,164,961 in grant awards from their Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund. Grants were awarded to 12 projects across the upper Connecticut River watershed.

A twelve-person advisory committee, made up of representatives of environmental organizations, state and federal agencies, local community groups and TransCanada Hydro Northeast, recommends grants from the fund to support restoration, protection, and enhancement of the river, wetlands, and shore lands within the upper Connecticut River watershed (upstream of White River Junction, VT). Over a 15-year period, the fund is expected to provide approximately $21 million for these projects. This is the tenth round of grants awarded from the fund.

The fund was created as part of the settlement agreement between the parties involved in the federal process to award a new operating license for three hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River at Fifteen Mile Falls near Littleton, N.H. and Ryegate, Vt. The settlement agreement, signed in 1997, involved a collaborative process in which representatives of state and federal agencies, environmental organizations, the local community and the dams' owner worked to accomplish a settlement to define the new license for Fifteen Mile Falls. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a new license to operate the dams in April of 2002.  Under this agreement, dam owner/operator TransCanada Hydro Northeast contributed a portion of the annual profits from dam operations to the fund.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust received $113,500 to work with Vermont River Conservancy to conserve the Johnson Farm and related Connecticut River islands in Monroe for riparian protection, farmland and wildlife habitat conservation and river recreation enhancement.

Connecticut River Watershed Council received $57,681 to develop plans for restoration of aquatic and terrestrial habitat in Piermont and Haverhill, N.H. and Bradford, Newbury and Wells River, Vt., working closely with White River Natural Resources Conservation District.

Essex County Natural Resources Conservation District received $30,360 to restore floodplain forest on a 70-acre riverfront property owned by The Nature Conservancy in Maidstone, Vt.

Society for the Protection of NH Forests received $200,000 to support purchase of a permanent conservation easement on Maple Leaf Farm along Indian Stream near its confluence with the Connecticut River in Pittsburg.

The Nature Conservancy-New Hampshire Chapter received $450,000 to support land conservation that will protect floodplain and wetland ecosystems along the Connecticut River in Northumberland, N.H. and Maidstone, Vt.

The Nature Conservancy-Vermont Chapter received $50,000 challenge grant to purchase and permanently protect the Leigh parcel in Canaan, Vt., which is adjacent to the larger Johnson Farm protection project.

Trout Unlimited was awarded three grants for multi-year stream-restoration projects:

  • $50,000 for continuation of restoration efforts in the Indian Stream watershed;
  • $100,000 for continuation of restoration efforts in the Nash Stream watershed; and
  • $75,000 for continuation of restoration efforts in the Nulhegan River watershed.

Vermont Land Trust received $9,920 to support permanent conservation of a 496-acre forested parcel near the Comerford Reservoir in Waterford, Vt.

Vermont River Conservancy was awarded two grants:

  • $4,500 to implement a stewardship program for long-term maintenance of new campsites and access points along the upper Connecticut River; and
  • $24,000 to support acquisition of two riparian parcels adjacent to the White River Wildlife Management Area in Sharon, Vt.

The next application deadline for the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, along with updated grant application guidelines, will be posted later this year at http://www.nhcf.org/mef. Also in that section, you can view a list of priority areas promoted by the fund. For more information, contact Kevin Peterson at 603-653-0387 ext. 1270 or kp@nhcf.org.

About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and businesses. It awards $30 million annually in grants and scholarships. The foundation is nonpartisan, frequently playing the role of convener and catalyst on a broad spectrum of issues. Based in Concord, the foundation roots itself in the communities through regional advisory boards, serving communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine and eastern Vermont. More information is available at www.nhcf.org or by calling 603-224-6641.

For further information, please contact:
Kevin Peterson, 603-653-0387 ext. 1270 or email
Julia Olivares, 603-225-6641 ext. 1244 or email

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