December 2017: Grant Announcment

Hills Farm, Town of Farmington, NH (Photo: J. Lougee)

The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP) has announced the Fall 2017 Land Protection Transaction Grants Program awards. A total of $48,680 in grant funds will support conservation work on over 1,000 acres of land. The seven conservation projects provided over $64,000 in matching funds.

The Land Protection Transaction Grant Program assists land trusts, conservation organizations, and municipal governments within the coastal watershed with the transaction costs associated with permanent land protection such as the donation and acquisition of land and conservation easements.

This round of awardees includes conservation properties representing a diversity of natural resources including woodlands, agricultural lands, open fields, wetlands, ponds, and riparian shoreline. The properties are located across the coastal watershed in five communities including Barrington, Brentwood, Epping, Farmington, and Fremont. In addition to protecting critical natural resources, many of the conservation projects promote pedestrian public access and recreational opportunities.

The Land Protection Transaction Grant Program will have a grant round in the Winter of 2018. See the Partnership Website for additional details.

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.