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New England cottontail

New England Forests and Rivers Fund

New England cottontail

The New England Forests and Rivers Fund is dedicated to restoring and sustaining healthy forests and rivers that provide habitat for diverse native bird and freshwater fish populations in New England. The program annually awards competitive grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 each.

Partners

Since its creation in 2015, the New England Forests and Rivers Fund has awarded 75 grants that will restore early successional and mature forest habitat, modify and replace barriers to fish movement, restore riparian and instream habitat, and engage hundreds of volunteers in forest habitat restoration and stream connectivity projects in the New England states, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, plus the Upper Hudson and Lake Champlain watersheds in New York. These projects are expected to:

  • Open 1,044 miles of streams for eastern brook trout and river herring through modification or replacement of 157 barriers to fish passage;
  • Restore 3,749 acres of young forest habitat for New England cottontail and American woodcock;
  • Restore 6,424 acres of mature forest habitat for black-throated blue warbler and wood thrush; and
  • Recruit at least 1,868 volunteers to engage in on-the-ground conservation.

The program has awarded more than $9.1 million in grant funding to date. Grantees, in turn, are leveraging an additional $15.2 million in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of more than $24.3 million.

Application Information


06/10/2020 2020 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
03/25/2020 2020 Applicant Tip Sheet View Now
04/02/2020 2020 Applicant Webinar Recording View Now
04/02/2020 2020 Applicant Webinar Slides View Now
01/25/2020 New England NEPA Evaluation Template View Now
01/25/2020 New England ESA Evaluation Template View Now
01/25/2020 New England NHPA Clearance Template View Now
08/25/2020 Program Fact Sheet Download the PDF
08/25/2020 2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2018 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2017 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2016 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 2015 Project Fact Sheets Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Senior Scientist, Bird Conservation

Director, Northeastern Regional Office

Manager, Northeastern Regional Office