The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire was created in 2006 to help fund projects and programs that sustain the traditions, lifestyle and special places we cherish here in New Hampshire. In the spring of 2008, following a sustained period of increasing costs and declining revenues for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Governor John H. Lynch signed into law an Act establishing the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire as the official non-profit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
The Foundation is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose stated purpose is to “enhance, through private financial support, the critical conservation programs of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, so that people and wildlife will benefit for generations to come.”
Funding for projects and programs comes from private and corporate donations, memorial gifts, bequests, the annual NH Moose Permit Auction, and the proceeds of our auction program for donated fishing and/or hunting equipment.
Why is There a Need for the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH?
The NH Fish and Game Department is a self-funded agency. State wildlife agencies are traditionally funded from hunting and fishing licenses and fees, but revenues are declining due to many factors. Decreasing revenues coupled with increased expectations mean that our fish and wildlife agencies are responsible for more than ever before – but have less money to do their work.
There are many active wildlife foundations serving states throughout the country. Although often directly associated with public wildlife agencies, private foundations are not intended to be budgetary supplements to state agencies, but rather to focus on supporting critical programs or projects that the agencies could not otherwise afford.
The NH Fish and Game Department’s budget sustains the full range of habitat, fish and wildlife management tasks. The health of these populations is an indication of the quality of our natural environment. The Department’s budget also provides for conservation and wildlife education, law enforcement, and search and rescue missions. Our heritage, culture and traditions are dependent on the health and abundance of our wildlife resources.
To help fund the critical educational, conservation and wildlife programs of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
To invest in NH’s wild places and wild things, so that generations to come may continue to benefit from the outdoor quality of life in New Hampshire and enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, boating and watching wildlife.MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS