Projects funded by Moose Plates!

Sugar Hill Meetinghouse Tower Restoration

Repairing Publicly Owned Historic Resources & Artifacts

To get back into good shape, the 1830 Sugar Hill Meetinghouse in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire needed vinyl siding removed and repairs made to the clapboards underneath; it also needed painting and repairs to its steeple and clock. An NH Division of Historical Resources NH Moose Plate grant offered big help to get these important jobs done.

Protecting New Hampshire’s Vulnerable Wildlife

New Hampshire is home to Karner blue butterflies—which, in 1995, became so endangered due to climate change and land development that there were only 50 estimated to be in the state! But thanks to efforts by NH Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, populations are being restored across the state. As of 2023, the program has seen more than 35,000 Karner blue butterflies flourish in Concord, NH!

Creating Conservation Resources with The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, with assistance from a State Conservation Committee Moose Plate Grant, completed a decades-long Strategic Conservation Plan that identifies conservation lands with high-value natural resources. Focusing on protecting agricultural lands and water resources, the plan and natural resource data included has been shared with leaders in the 11-town region and will prioritize high-impact projects that closely align with priority conservation resources.

Pollinator Habitat Initiative Project

To counter the decline of pollinator habitat, 20 pollinator habitat sites were installed to demonstrate innovative approaches to converting sites, landowner workshops were held, and pollinator habitats on Cheshire County farms were inventoried to better understand the impacts of native pollinators.

Identifying Old Forests as Crucial Sources of Biodiversity & Cultural Values

This winter, the National Heritage Bureau frequented Mt. Sunapee to find old forests—which comprise less than 0.001% of our state’s forests. These forests are important to protect due to their high rates of carbon storage compared to younger forests, as well as for their biodiversity and cultural values. Through historic research, field visits, and desktop reconnaissance—and tree coring, an important method for understanding forest age—the team determined key areas on the landscape where old forests may occur.

Conserving A Favorite Spot for Growing Vegetables, Fruit, Pumpkins, & More

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and LCHIP, Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, with the help of funding from Moose Plates, helped to complete all three phases of a conservation project to protect Emery Farm in Durham, New Hampshire. The final phase acquired an additional 36 acres to previously established conservation easements, incorporating important riverfront land along Oyster River and Smith Creek!

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Franklin Opera House, Franklin, NH

The Franklin Opera House was built in 1892-1893 and designed by one of New Hampshire’s foremost architects of the time, William Butterfield. From the date of its dedication it was a venue for balls, dances, lectures, plays, musicals, vaudeville shows, concerts, school productions and graduation ceremonies. During World War II, programs of the Red Cross were offered there.

The opera house received grant funds in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, including:

2004 — $10,000, Phase I: Renovation of the balcony to comply with fire and life safety codes and emergency exit stairs.

2005 — $20,000, Phase II: Renovation of the balcony by refinishing the floor, upgrading the electrical system, installing step lights, adding dimming units for the ‘house lights’, doing ceiling repairs, adding new interior paint and executing roof repairs.

2007 — $7815: Purchasing 195 stackable, moveable chairs to provide orchestra seating that was easy to store when not in use. (The Opera House donated their metal chairs to other non profits.)

2008 — $20,000: Restoring the front entrance of Opera House through the purchase and installation of three granite steps, quarried in Concord. The renovation was celebrated on July 16, 2008 with the attendance of Governor Lynch and the Executive Council for their regular meeting.