2003 GRANTS

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LAND PROTECTION PROGRAM: WILDLANDS, WILD WATERS

Ashby Land Trust, MA – To support the acquisition of 280-acre Mt. Watatic Property, Ashby, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Part of a 14 mile, east to west 8,000+-acre landscape-scale conservation strategy, connecting Townsend and Ashburnham State Forests.
$28,000 interest-free loan (converted to grant in 2005)

Connecticut Audubon – Towards acquisition costs of 25-acre Loiselle Property, Pomfret, Wyndham County, Connecticut. Inholding in 1,700-acre Bafflin Sanctuary, managed for grassland birds.
$12,000

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, MA – For costs associated with the acquisition of 158-acre Hixville Conservation Project, Bristol County, Massachusetts. Links the 13,600-acre Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve with 450 acres of DNRT conserved land.
$15,000

Hampden Land Project, MA – To support the acquisition of 166-acre Mt. Minnechaug, Hampden, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Part of several thousand acres of conserved land mosaic and wildlife corridor extending from Tolland, Connecticut to the Scantic River.
$50,000 interest-free loan

Lakes Region Conservation Trust, NH – Support towards the acquisition of the 250-acre Sandwich Notch, one of the largest last inholdings of private land along the southern edge of the White Mountain National Forest and 372-acre Red Hill River Properties prime habitat near other conserved lands in the northern part of Squam Lake in the Ossippee Region, Carroll County, NH.
$120,000

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, ME – Support for the protection of 251-acre Penobscot Island in Vinalhaven and seven other smaller islands – Pinkham Island in Milbridge, Parker and Gooseberry Islands in Lubec, Hog Island in Machiasport, and the three Carlos Cove Islands in Trescott – totalling 109 acres. All eight islands are active or potential eagle nesting sites and are protected through perpetual Declarations of Trust.
$150,000 interest-free loan (converted to grant in 2007)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada / The Nature Conservancy, Maine Chapter – For support of the acquisition of 10,000 acres of wildland on Mt. Sutton, Quebec as part of a larger regional conservation strategy. (Loan was later converted to a grant and given as part of a qualifying gift for the Wilson challenge fund.)
$50,000 interest-free loan (converted to grant in 2006)

The Nature Conservancy, New York Chapter – Toward the acquisition of the 15,500-acre Shingle Shanty (Thayer Lake) Tract, Long Lake and Webb townships, Hamilton County, New York, in the Forest Reserve of the Adirondacks on which a conservation easement running to Sweet Water Trust has been conveyed.
$500,000 as final installment of a multi-year grant

New England Forestry Foundation, MA – For support of the Spednic Lake Project, Washington County, Maine. To create a 15.8-mile 500' shoreline buffer to protect the wildness of the American side of the lake; complimenting a 100-square-mile Protected Area on the Canadian side in New Brunswick.
$85,000
 

CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

Audubon Society of New Hampshire – To support ASNH's contribution of avian habitat and species data to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan.
$5,000

Center for Coastal Studies, MA – For support of a study entitled: "Management Implications of Salt Marsh Maturity on the Lower Cape," to develop protocols for ecological restoration.
$10,000

Coastal Mountains Land Trust, ME – For support of the Belfast Bay Watershed Ecological Analysis and Conservation Planning Project.
$5,000

Connecticut Audubon – For support of Keeping Track Project of Northeast Connecticut, training citizens to document wildlife through track and sign to guide conservation and management.
$1,000

Downeast Lakes Land Trust, ME – For continued support of ecological inventory and reserve design in 27,000-acre Farm Cove area of Grand Lake Stream.
$10,000

Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, Inc., NY – For support of an article about climate change, the red-back salamander, their role in the carbon cycle of northern forest ecosystems, and the influence forestry practices have on it.
$1,000

Finger Lakes Land Trust, NY – For support of an Invasive Species Management and Stewardship Plan for the 500-acre Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve in Ithaca.
$5,000

Friends of Maine Seabird Islands – For support of the summer intern program, providing important data to the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. Maine Coast Heritage Trust as fiscal agent.
$5,000

Friends of Taunton Bay, ME – Horseshoe Crab Study of genetically unique population, using radio telemetry to map habitat range for management plan. Little is known about where crabs spend time before and after egg laying. In partnership with the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Frenchmen Bay Conservancy as fiscal agent.
$9,500

Keeping Track, Inc., VT – For support of the Wolfrun Data Project, compiling 28 years worth of data into digitized format. Most comprehensive long-term carnivore movement study known.
$5,000

Land Trust Alliance, DC – For sponsorship of biodiversity workshops at 2003 Rally, an annual national conference of over 1,500 land trust professionals.
$10,000

Land Trust Alliance, Northeast Program – For sponsorship of biodiversity workshop for the New York Land Trust Conference in Saratoga Springs and for an Easement Symposium in Vermont.
$3,500

Maine Audubon – For support of the Local Conservation of Vernal Pools Project in the greater Portland area, training municipal officials about this important unregulated resource, to promote protection in local planning.
$5,000

Massachusetts Audubon Society – For support of an intern to assist in comprehensive invasive plant survey of their Sanctuaries.
$5,000

Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program – For support of the Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts. Manomet Center for Conservation Science as fiscal agent.
$5,000

Metropolitan Conservation Alliance, NY – For continued support of the Farmington Valley Biodiversity Project, integrating ecological data into local economic planning; Wildlife Conservation Society as fiscal agent.
$5,000

Middlebury College, VT – For support of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, a comprehensive statewide documentation of status and distribution of historic and current population occurrences.
$5,000

National Wildlife Federation, Northeast Program, VT – Continued support of road and infrastructure retirement in Wilderness Areas of the Green Mountain National Forest, in collaboration with the United States Forest Service.
$10,000

The Nature Conservancy, Maine Chapter – For support of the Conservation Stewardship and Road Retirement project, closing roads in the Vickie Bunnell Nature Preserve in New Hampshire; Debsconeags Lakes Wilderness Area in Maine, & West Mountain Sanctuary in Vermont.
$12,000

Northeast Wilderness Trust, MA – For support of the Split Rock Wildway Rapid Ecological Assessment Project in New York. Wildlife Forever, Inc., of Minnesota provided matching funds.
$5,000

Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, MA – For support of stewardship and management of their properties, specifically, invasive species management and illegal motor vehicle access on sanctuaries that abut the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge.
$3,100

State of Maine, Department of Inland Fisheries & WildlifeFor support of an ongoing study of the Canada Lynx in Maine, in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, specifically for study of denning habitat.
$10,000

The SUNY Roosevelt Wildlife Station, NY – For support of a pilot project to introduce the application of biodiversity GIS data to the Adirondack Park Unit Management Planning Process, using Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area as a model.
$5,000

Town of Becket, MA – For support of Yokum Brook Restoration Project, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Riverways Program, Taconic Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and others.
$5,000

Trust for Public Land, Northeast Office – Support of a natural resources inventory at the 6,952-acre Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont. To aid the National Wildlife Refuge in mandated conservation planning, to help guide future acquisition.
$7,500

Vermont Land Trust – Old Growth study of Gilson tract in Barnard, to determine extent of remnant piedmont forest relic, to protect it from timber harvesting.
$3,000

Vernal Pool Association of Reading Memorial High School, MA – Fairy Shrimp distribution survey and manual for volunteers to use GIS for habitat identification. Little known species with possibly two distinct population types.
$5,000

Winooski Valley Park District, VT – For amphibian and reptile survey of 1,700-acres of Winooski Valley Park Department lands, for education and management.
$5,000
 

WILDERNESS ADVOCACY FUNDING PROGRAM

Aziscohos Lake Preservation Committee, NH – For continued support of efforts to mitigate the environmental damage of extreme water level fluctuations in lake, caused by dam management. The Wilderness Society Northeast Program as fiscal agent.
$5,000

Environmental Advocates, NY – Second grant for support of the Environmental Advocates' Managing Motors in the Wild Program, focusing on the Adirondak Park.
$5,000

Forest Watch, VT – To support advocacy for more wilderness designation in the Green Mountain National Forest.
$10,000

Friends of Casco Bay, ME – For continued support of Community Strategies to Improve the Bay Project.
$5,000

Getting the Word Out, Inc., NY – For support of the Adirondack Explorer's Campaign for Quiet Waters in the Adirondack Park, focusing on limiting use of motorized vehicles and vessels
$5,000

Harvard University / Harvard Forest, MA – Second grant for support of Harvard Forest's development of a comprehensive map of twenty years of commercial forest harvesting, leading to a comprehensive look at past land use and future conservation in Massachusetts.
$10,000

The Nature Conservancy, Eastern Resource Office – For continued support of digitizing and mapping the GAP Management Status Codes of conserved land in the Northern Appalachian Ecoregion and Massachusetts.
$10,000

The Nature Conservancy, Forest Conservation Program, MA – For support of work to promote understanding of forest ecosystems and biodiversity, and in particular to support more involvement with the Land Trust Alliance Rallies to further better conservation education.
$4,000

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility – For support of Maine and Massachusetts environmental advocacy.
$10,000

Resources for Organizing and Social Change, ME – For support of the Maine Environmental Policy Institute electronic Newsletter.
$5,000

Sierra Club, Maine Office – For advocacy work in Maine, particularly in support of wilderness along the 100 Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail.
$15,000

Union of Concerned Scientists, MA – For support to develop rules for regulating carbon emissions through forest -based offsets in Massachusetts; working to protect high value biodiversity in the process.
$10,000

The Wildlands Project, VT – For continued support of carnivore habitat suitability study of the Northeastern United States & Southeastern Canada.
$10,000