Wildlife and Forest Conservation Volunteer Training Set for September

Wildlife and Forest Conservation Volunteer Training Set for September

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cooperative Extension is seeking those interested in protecting New Hampshire's wildlife to volunteer with its New Hampshire Coverts Project. Landowners, wildlife enthusiasts, and the conservation-minded are encouraged to apply for the 2013 New Hampshire Coverts Project training workshop by Aug. 1. 

The annual training workshop, now in its 18th year, takes place Sept. 18-21 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield. 

For three and a half days, participants learn about the latest concepts and issues in wildlife and forest ecology, habitat management, land conservation, community conservation planning, and effective outreach. Attendees pay a $50 registration fee, with room, board, and materials provided by program sponsors. 

Upon completion, trained volunteers, called "coverts cooperators," return to their communities to help raise awareness about how sound forest management practices can enhance wildlife habitat and motivate others to become stewards of the state’s forests and wildlife habitats. 

The name of the project, “coverts” (pronounced “cover” with a “t”), means a thicket that provides shelter for wildlife. The term symbolizes the project’s goal of enhancing, restoring, and conserving habitat for the rich diversity of native wildlife in New Hampshire.