2002 GRANTS

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LAND PROTECTION PROGRAM: WILDLANDS, WILD WATERS

Boxford Trails / Boxford Open Land Trust, MA – Toward the acquisition of the 135-acre Sawyer-Richardson property in Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts. Property hosts 24 vernal pools; connects to over 2,000 acres of protected land.
$12,500

Forest Society of Maine – Toward the acquisition of Big Spencer Mountain, Penobscot, Somerset County, Maine. Big Spencer Mt. was conveyed to the state as part of its ecological reserve system with a conservation easement to protect its unfragmented forests.
$400,000

Jericho Underhill Land Trust, VT – Toward the acquisition and management plan for the 276-acre Wheeler North Property, to be known as the Wolfrun Natural Area, part of the Chittenden County Uplands Project in Jericho, Chittenden County, Vermont.
$15,000

Kestrel Trust, MA – Toward the acquisition of the 57-acre Weeks Property, Pelham, Hampshire County, MA, that abuts several hundred acres of Town of Amherst Watershed lands, creating a wildlife corridor from the Quabbin Reservoir to Amherst.
$32,000 interest-free loan (repaid in 2003)

Lakes Region Conservation Trust, NH – Toward support of the conservation of the approximately 8,000-acre Ossipee Mountain / Castle in the Clouds property in Moultonborough, Tamworth, and Tuftonboro owned by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and protected through a forever wild conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy's New Hampshire Chapter.
$250,000 interest-free loan (converted to grant in 2010)

The Nature Conservancy, Maine Chapter – Support of the Mount Agamenticus Challenge to protect rare and endangered odonate ponds, part of a 7,000-acre protected area in York County, Maine.
$30,000

The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Chapter – In support of the acquisition of the 10,500-acre Vickie Bunnell Preserve, Coos County, New Hampshire, part of the ongoing landscape scale protection of public and non-profit lands in the region. The reserve is further protected by two conservation easements, one to the State of New Hampshire, another to Sweet Water Trust.
$250,000 as final installment of a multi-year grant

The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Chapter – Continued support for the Otter Brook Preserve, part of a 22,000-acre landscape-scale conservation strategy in Cheshire County, Southwestern New Hampshire.
$91,800

The Nature Conservancy, New York Chapter – Toward the acquisition of the 15,500-acre Shingle Shanty (Thayer Lake) Tract, part of the public and private holdings in the Adirondack State Park, and within a critical part of one of the Park’s largest roadless areas. This land will be further protected by a conservation easement running to Sweet Water Trust.
$150,000 as part of a multi-year pledge

Town of Norton, MA – Toward the acquisition of the 70-acre Lincoln Woods Property, hosting a vernal pool complex; part of Canoe River Greenway Corridor, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
$10,000

Upper Valley Land Trust, NH – Support for the acquisition and conservation easement to protect the 923-acre Bear Pond (and watershed) as wild. Property in Canaan, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
$100,000

Upper Valley Land Trust, NH – Support for the acquisition of the Grant Brook Property, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, a critical link in the Upper Valley Connecticut River Wetlands Project.
$40,000

The Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts – Support for the acquisition of the O’Keefe parcel in the Herring Brook Valley, Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. United States Fish and Wildlife Service North American Wetlands Conservation Act matching funds; part of 2,000-acre reserve designed to protect the largest and most pristine Freshwater Tidal Marsh in New England.
$10,000

Winding River Land Conservancy, MA – Toward the acquisition of the 66-acre Loupinski property in Southwick, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Property will be owned by United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Conservation Restriction to be held by Southwick Conservation Commission; part of larger landscape-scale conservation strategy in the Westfield River Watershed.
$23,730 interest-free loan (repaid in 2004)
 

CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

Connecticut River Watershed Council – For support of Spaulding Dam Bypass Project on the Sawmill River in Montague, MA, part of effort to restore anadromous fish.
$7,500

Farmington River Watershed Association, CT – For support of the Farmington Valley Biodiversity Plan; a regional ecological planning initiative involving seven towns in northwestern Connecticut.
$7,500

Hudsonia, Ltd. – For support of Harlem Valley & Ridges Biodiversity Manual.
$5,000

Intervale Foundation, VT – For support of Vermont Riparian and Propagation Project, to insure that native plants are used in wetland ecological restoration projects in Vermont
$5,000

Kestrel Trust, MA – For support of the Mt. Holyoke Range Ecological Working Group, providing large mammal tracking training through Keeping Track, Inc., to inform conservation planning on the Range and in the Connecticut River Valley.
$3,000

Land Trust Alliance – For sponsorship of two pre-rally workshops on wildlife inventory techniques by Dr. Eric Anderson of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.
$12,000

Land Trust Alliance, Northeast Program – For sponsorship of two biodiversity workshops for the New York Land Trust Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.
$5,000

Maine Coast Heritage Trust – For Stewardship Inventory & Management Plan for Whaleboat Island, protecting 125-acres in Casco Bay as Forever Wild.
$14,000

Medomak Valley Land Trust, ME – For support of the Medomak River Watershed Landscape Scale Conservation Planning Initiative; ecoregional mapping in the midcoast region of Maine.
$10,000

Neponset River Watershed Association, MA – For continued support of the Water BUDGETS project in Canton, Massachusetts, developing base flow standards for rivers.
$7,500

New England Forestry Foundation, MA – For support of a two-year ecological inventory and reserve design by ecologists Janet McMahon and Norm Famous for the 27,000-acre area of West Grand Lake in Downeast, Maine, in partnership with the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, under agreement with Wagner Management Group
$15,000

RESTORE The North Woods, Inc., ME – For support of the Seeds of the Maine Woods National Park Project, conducting a two-year ecological inventory by consultant Bart DeWolfe, on 8,000+-acres purchased in two tracts by Roxanne Quimby.
$13,500

Save the Bay, RI – For support of long-term monitoring of the Little Mussachuck Creek Marsh ecological restoration project, in collaboration with the Barrington Land Trust, University of Rhode Island, and others
$5,000

State of Maine, Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife – For support of an on-going study of the Canada Lynx in Maine, in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
$15,000

Sudbury Valley Trustees, MA – For support of botanical inventory by Carex Associates of the 54-acre Wolbach property in Sudbury, Massachusetts, abutting the 3,000-acre Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
$5,600

University of Massachusetts, Amherst – For support of Natural Resources PhD. candidate, Lloyd Gamble’s thesis study entitled: Marbled Salamander Ecology and Conservation, helping develop criteria for ranking long-term function and viability of vernal pool complexes under supervision of Assistant Professor Kevin McGarigal.
$10,000

University of Rhode Island Foundation – For support of University of Rhode Island Masters degree candidate, Carol Lynn Trocki, to complete her thesis study entitled: Foraging Habitat Use Patterns of Colonial -Nesting Wading Birds in Narragansett Bay, developing criteria to prioritize salt marsh restoration projects.
$2,279.50

Vermont Institute of Natural Science For support of a study entitled: Quantifying Species-Specific Habitat Requirements for Songbirds Breeding in the Northern Forest of Vermont, in collaboration with Villanova University.
$10,000

Vermont Land Trust – Old-Growth study of Gilson tract in Barnard by Brett Engstrom, Charlie Cogbill and Annie Reed; a unique piedmont forest remnant in collaboration with the Barnard Conservation Commission.
$3,000

Winooski Valley Park District, VT – For Amphibian & Reptile Survey of 1,700-acres of park lands, in order to develop a management plan and educational outreach programs.
$5,000
 

WILDERNESS ADVOCACY FUNDING PROGRAM

Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, NY – For support of advocacy for wilderness stewardship in New York State, particularly the monitoring of unit management plans for Forest Reserve lands in the Adirondacks.
$5,000

Conservation Law Foundation, MA – For support of water quality initiative in Maine, using provisions of the Clean Water Act to curb sprawl.
$10,000

Deerfield River Watershed Association, MA – To help fund the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Hydroelectric License Review Project which will provide the DRWA with the independent legal information it needs to effectively advocate for the ecological health of the Deerfield River Watershed.
$10,000

Environmental Advocates, NY – For support of the Environmental Advocates’ Managing Motors in the Wild Program, focusing on limiting use of motorized vehicles and vessels in the region, especially the Adirondacks.
$5,000

Forest Watch, VT – For wilderness advocacy in the Green Mountain National Forest.
$10,000

Getting the Word Out, Inc., NY – For support of the Adirondack Explorer’s Campaign for Quiet Waters in the Adirondack Park.
$5,000

Harvard University / Harvard Forest, MA – For support of Harvard Forest’s development of a comprehensive map of twenty years of commercial forest harvesting in Massachusetts.
$10,000

Kendall Foundation, MA – For a poll supported by a broad consortium of organizations to assess conservation sentiment of the public in northern and southern New England.
$10,000

The Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Chapter – For support of Massachusetts poll to assess citizen attitudes toward conservation and their willingness to pay for increased land protection.
$2,000

Sierra Club – For support of wilderness advocacy in Maine and participation in new wilderness acquisitions in strategic areas of the state.
$15,000

Whale Center of New England, MA – For scholarship enabling a representative to be a part of the Scientific Advisory team attending the International Whaling Commission’s conference in Fugu, Japan.
$1,000

The Wilderness Society – For support of advocacy for more Wilderness designation in the White Mountains and for participation in new wilderness conservation projects in key areas of Maine.
$15,000

The Wilderness Society – Acting as fiscal agent for the Lake Aziscohos Preservation Committee, for support of efforts to mitigate environmental impact of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license on non-compliance.
$10,000