Department of Resources
and Economic Development

DRED

Moose Plate funds received by the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development are divided between the Division of Parks and Recreation — Historic Sites Bureau and the Division of Forests and Lands — Natural Heritage Bureau. Programs supported by DRED ensure a strong travel and tourism industry, attraction and retention of businesses, clean drinking water, flood protection, sustainable forest management, abundant fish and wildlife, and a high quality of life.

Division of Parks and Recreation — Historic Sites Bureau

The Division of Parks and Recreation manages and maintains state recreational areas, historic sites and waysides. The Division works collaboratively with the Historic Sites Bureau to maintain the New Hampshire historical, cultural and archeological resources located on DRED lands. The Historic Sites Bureau is responsible for the care, maintenance and administration of State Historic Sites as well as historic resources under the stewardship of DRED.

Division of Forests and Lands — Natural Heritage Bureau

The Natural Heritage Bureau is responsible for protecting and conserving native plants and natural communities. Protection and conservation is achieved through investigation and research, listing threatened and endangered species and exemplary natural communities, outreach and conservation program development.

Sample Projects

  • All state recreation areas are continuously maintained and administered.
  • Two important books have been produced: Rare Plant List for New Hampshire and The Nature of NH: Natural Communities of the Granite State.
  • Goblin’s Gold, a globally rare luminous moss that reaches the southern limit of its range in NH (only two locations known), is protected with Moose Plate funds.
  • The Wentworth-Coolidge mansion state historic site received restoration and cosmetic repairs.

To see more projects, visit our Projects pages.