Volunteer to Plant Shrubs for NH Cottontails

New Hampshire Union Leader

DURHAM — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and UNH Cooperative Extension are seeking volunteers to help restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

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The New England cottontail is one of several animal species in the Granite State challenged by disappearing habitat.

At Bellamy River Wildlife Management Area in Dover, volunteers will plant native shrubs that rabbits use for shelter.

Volunteer on any or all of the following days and times: Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information and to sign up, visit newengland.stewardshipnetwork.org.

If you have questions, contact Haley Andreozzi at haley.andreozzi@unh.edu or (603) 862-5327.

“This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and spend a few hours working to help conserve an endangered wildlife species,” Andreozzi, UNH Cooperative Extension Wildlife Outreach Coordinator, said in a press release.

New England cottontails are a state-endangered species and rely on dense shrubland habitat (“thickets”) to survive, so habitat management is a large part of the work dedicated to conserving the species. Bellamy River Wildlife Management Area is the site of the largest New England cottontail restoration project on state lands in New Hampshire. In looking to plant more than 10,000 native shrubs this year, it’s a task that can only be accomplished with the help of volunteers.
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Learn about other projects taking place in New Hampshire to help the New England cottontail.

Click on the map at left to see areas where young forest habitat is being created and enhanced at Bellamy River Wildlife Management Area.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program coordinates the restoration of the New England cottontail in New Hampshire. Both the Fish and Game Department and UNH Cooperative Extension are partners in the initiative to restore the region’s native cottontail rabbit. They are also partners in the Young Forest Project and efforts to restore populations of the American woodcock.