Oct 07, 2012

4,532 acres added to Umbagog NWR

Umbagog NWRThe Berlin Daily Sun reports that Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in New Hampshire/Maine has grown by 4,532 acres:

The land protected today has critical wildlife habitat for moose, deer, bear and a variety of waterfowl species and there are 11.5 miles of trout streams, all of which flow into the Androscoggin River forming one of the best recreational fisheries in New Hampshire. Under refuge ownership the property will stay open to recreational use including hiking, hunting and fishing. The property also contains more than 13 miles of snowmobile trails that are maintained by the Umbagog Snowmobile Association and the NH Trails Bureau – these trails will be kept open under Umbagog Refuge ownership and will continue to serve as vital links in the statewide snowmobile system and as an economic driver of the North Country’s winter tourism economy.

Funding for this acquisition included $2 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses revenues generated from offshore oil and gas drilling leases, and $1.625 million from the federal Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which acquires funding from the sale of Duck Stamps.

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