Piping Plover: one of many species protected by Moose Plate funds

Fish and Game Department


Moose Plate funds benefit the NH Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program in their work to protect and restore threatened and endangered wildlife and to keep common species common.

Moose Plates support work researching, managing, protecting and restoring wildlife habitats and species of conservation concern, as well as help educate New Hampshire residents and visitors about the importance of our natural resources. Each dollar received via the Moose Plate program is matched by federal grants making proceeds allocated to the Nongame Program worth even more. Together, these funds support conservation of wildlife and habitats statewide.

Moose plate dollars also help Fish and Game conserve land and restore watersheds for fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation. These funds have supported fish habitat surveys in rivers and streams, as well as work to restore migratory fish.

Sample Projects

  • The Isles of Shoals tern colony has been restored to historic levels. More than 2,000 pairs of common, Arctic, and Roseate terns once again nest and raise their young on Seavey Island.
  • Volunteers helped prepare 240 acres of scrubland and young forest habitat on state, municipal and private lands for recovery of the endangered New England cottontail.
  • Current field research has collected information about species of native reptiles, including the threatened Black Racer snake and endangered Blanding’s turtle.
  • New Hampshire’s ten-year blueprint for conservation, our Wildlife Action Plan, has been revised and approved by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Aquatic connectivity was restored in Falls Brook in Swanzey with removal of a barrier to fish and wildlife.

To see more projects, visit our Projects pages.