Grant Opportunities for Wetlands Restoration Now Available
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is pleased to announce that grant opportunities are now available. The Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund grants are available for eligible wetland restoration, land protection or habitat improvement projects. Any of New Hampshire's communities that lie wholly or partially within the service areas are eligible to apply for ARM Fund grants.
ARM Fund payments are collected according to nine service areas and are available for the purpose of replacing or protecting wetlands and other aquatic resource functions and values that were impacted by development projects in the watershed areas. In 2012, the grant funded the preservation of 2,675 acres in 13 communities including wetland restoration and enhancement and stream passage restoration.
Pre-Proposal Submission: Applicants are required to submit a one- to two-page summary detailing their watershed proposal are due to the NHDES Wetlands Bureau office by 4 PM April 29, 2013. The pre-proposal summary will be reviewed by the NHDES and the Site Selection Committee and feedback will be provided as to why the project may not meet the program criteria or how the proposal could be strengthened. The ARM Fund Program pre-proposal form can be found at des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/wmp/categories/forms.htm Please submit one hard copy and one electronic copy.
An ideal project would provide resource restoration within the context of a proposed conservation proposal. The key to success is the long-term protection of those wetland functions that are restored or enhanced. Reviewers will favor proposals that clearly demonstrate how the project's wetland protection, restoration, enhancement and/or creation will be sustainable over the long-term. Where project scores are comparable, preference will be given to those projects that provide long term protection of the project area and its buffer or provide long term management to ensure the greatest environmental benefit from funds available. Details of the mitigation program and towns included in the service area can be found at: des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/wmp/
Prior to filing an application, it is strongly suggested to discuss the proposal with NHDES Mitigation Coordinator, Lori Sommer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 271-4059
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