Applications from across the state can now apply for this year’s N.H. Coverts Project volunteer training workshop being held from May 3, through the 6, at the Barbara C. Harris Conference Center in Greenfield.
Started in 1995, the N.H. Coverts Project has trained over 500 volunteers to promote wildlife conservation and forest stewardship throughout New Hampshire. Each year, 25 conservation-minded New Hampshire residents gather with a team of natural resource professionals for a three-and-a-half day workshop, where they learn about wildlife and forest ecology, habitat management, land conservation and effective outreach.
There is a $50 registration fee, however all lodging, food and other expenses are funded by program sponsors. In exchange for the training, participants commit to at least 40 hours of volunteer work in the coming year and to motivate others to become stewards of the state's wildlife and forest resources.
A covert, pronounced “cover” with a “t”, is a thicket that provides shelter for wildlife. The term symbolizes the project’s goal of enhancing, restoring and conserving habitat of native wildlife in New Hampshire. Once trained through the Coverts Program, participants become members of a knowledgeable statewide network connected through newsletters, field trips, reunions and workshops.
“I became a Coverts Cooperator in May ,” says Jace Porter of Hillsborough County. “The program provides a much needed service to the state of New Hampshire, as well as an outlet for me to personally get involved in the things I love to do while giving back to my community.”
Coverts volunteers choose to give their time in a variety of ways. Some lead field walks or organize volunteer work days, while others serve on a town board or manage their own property for wildlife habitat. Volunteers come from many backgrounds and professions, but are unified by the desire to help New Hampshire’s wildlife and forests.
The N.H. Coverts Project is sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Fish and Game. The program also receives support from the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands.