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The Great Bay Partnership utilizes a variety of funding sources for its activities including conservation planning, management and stewardship, land acquisition and associated costs. The Nature Conservancy serves as financial agent for the Partnership. Two primary funding sources, NAWCA and NOAA, have been instrumental in the acquisition of land and easements in the Great Bay Focus Area.

Beginning in 1995, the Partnership has successfully received several North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants to protect the migratory waterfowl habitat wetlands and associated uplands in the Great Bay Focus Area. The NAWCA grants have been an integral part of the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership’s landscape scale conservation plan, protecting key wetland ecosystems for waterfowl and other migratory birds, fish and non-waterfowl wetland-dependent species.

The conservation funding for the Great Bay Partnership received from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and The Nature Conservancy has furthered conservation efforts in priority Conservation Project Areas including the Great Bay shoreline, estuarine habitats, and other significant areas.

The Partnership has leveraged all aspects of conservation planning and implementation efforts with a variety of funding sources including federal and state sources, municipal sources, private donations, foundation grants, and in-kind staff support from partner organizations. For example, several communities have been participated in Partnership conservation projects by providing funding from municipal bonds and Current Use Change Tax funds. Additional federal and state funding sources have included the following:

USDA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

New Hampshire Coastal Program

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership

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    Wood ducks at TNC's Lubberland Creek Preserve, protected by the Partnership in 1999.
Photo by Daryl Burtnett.

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