Projects in eight New Hampshire communities have been awarded federal Land and Water Conservation grants totaling $930,000.
The projects being funded are aimed at promoting outdoor recreation and conservation.
The town of Nelson of will use $150,000 to acquire 588 acres of land for a town forest.
And the city of Concord will use its $100,000 grant to develop trails and a boardwalk at Terrill Park.
The Land and Water Conservation fund is a federal 50/50 matching grant program, with local funds picking up half of the cost.
The future of the 50-year-old program is up in the air, after Congress allowed the program to expire at the end of last month.
New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have both called for the program to be reauthorized.
Here is the full list of the projects being funded:
- $150,000, Abenaki Ski Area 4-Season Lodge, Wolfeboro: Develop and all-season lodge at Abenaki Ski Area.
- $150,000, Thompson Forest, Durham: Acquire 43 acres of land for a town forest along the Lamprey River.
- $150,000, City Hill Town Forest, Nelson: Acquire 588 acres of land for a town forest.
- $150,000, Cocheco River Park, Dover: Develop water access and outdoor recreation facilities at Cocheco River Park.
- $100,000, Merrimack River Greenway Trail, Concord: Develop trail facilities and a boardwalk at Terrill Park.
- $42,500, Pulpit Rock Conservation Area Trails, Bedford: Develop trail facilities at Pulpit Rock Conservation Area.
- $150,000, Osgood Pond Restoration, Milford: Restore water access at Osgood Pond/Adams Field Park.
- $37,500, Om-a-can-can-oe and Kayak Launch, Raymond: Acquire 1.4 acres of land on the Lamprey River and develop water access.