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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2006

Contact: Janet Eklund
603-271-2393

2006 Conservation Grants now available through the New Hampshire State Library

The New Hampshire State Library is offering conservation grants through the Conservation License Plate Program to non-profit or public institutions for the preservation and conservation of publicly owned cultural resources. Grants are awarded for activities that will enhance access to resources and safeguard rare or endangered treasures.

The New Hampshire General Court passed the Conservation License Plate or “Moose Plate” initiative in 1998 as a way to supplement existing state conservation and preservation programs with funding through voluntary public purchases of the plates. The Conservation License Plate supports the protection of critical resources in New Hampshire, from scenic lands to historic sites to wildlife. Revenues from the sale of the plate are distributed through five state agencies.

Janet Eklund, Administrator of Library Operations for the State Library said, “Since the program began in 2003, the State Library has received 63 applications totaling $351,998 and funded 34 awards totaling $162,316. It is very exciting to be a part of this process and to award these grants to all the very deserving communities and organizations making an important contribution to preserving New Hampshire’s treasures.”

Applications are due on August 31, 2006 and the Grants will be awarded in October 2006. For more information, please visit www.nh.gov/nhsl/moose or contact Janet Eklund at 603.271.2393 or at jeklund@library.state.nh.us.

Be sure to continue buying, giving and renewing Moose Plates so that there will be sufficient funds for future worthwhile projects in New Hampshire. For more information on Moose Plates, please visit www.mooseplate.com.

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