---- — CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Grants from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire to the state Fish and Game Department will be used to buy a specially equipped dive team rescue boat and to underwrite other projects.
The foundation raised the record-high $81,700 in grants through individual and corporate donations and from proceeds of its annual auction of five moose-hunting permits.
The donation will cover a variety of items on Fish and Game’s wish list, with the largest grant — nearly $33,000 — buying fish production tanks for the Berlin Fish Hatchery. The tanks will help reduce the loss of stock from bird predators and will help reduce phosphorus in York Pond, officials said.
A grant of just over $21,000 will buy a specially equipped dive boat for the department’s rescue team to use during underwater search and rescue operations. It also will be used for routine patrols.
The department hopes to convince private land owners to keep their properties open for recreation through the use of motion cameras to detect poachers and trash dumpers. A grant of $8,400 will be used to purchase the cameras.
The department is also receiving a grant of $5,500 to fund research in preparation for its 150th anniversary in 2015. Another grant of $5,000 will help fund the annual Hunting and Fishing Expo held at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.
The expo attracts more than 1,200 visitors each year.
Additional grants will help Fish and Game officials monitor endangered wildlife species using remote cameras and to build kiosks in wildlife management units to display maps and list wildlife habitats.