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WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) today announced that $200,000 in federal funding for continued land conservation efforts along the Lamprey River has secured final approval.  These funds will allow the Southeast Land Trust partnering with the Lamprey River Advisory Council to continue their efforts to protect sensitive environmental lands along the Lamprey River and permanently preserve an additional 125 acres in Epping, Newmarket, Durham and Lee, New Hampshire.  These funds were included in the Conference Report to the Fiscal Year 2010 Interior Appropriations bill, which was signed into law by the President on Friday, October 30, 2009.  Funding for this project is included within the Committee allocation set out for Fiscal Year 2010 funding measures.

 Senator Shaheen stated, "The Lamprey River is one of New Hampshire's greatest natural beauties and an important habitat for many species. I am glad that this funding will expand conservation efforts and ensure public access to this natural treasure. This conservation project will help preserve our state's beauty and distinctive character, which will also lend support to our robust outdoor tourism industry."

Senator Gregg authored legislation to designate the Lamprey River as a Wild and Scenic River and has secured more than $4.7 million for the continued protection of lands surrounding the Lamprey. To date, 1,938 acres have been conserved including 12 miles of frontage along the river.

Senator Gregg, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, stated, "The Lamprey River watershed benefits the people and wildlife in the region and its continued protection is a vital part of preserving the spectacular natural character of the Granite State.  As the largest tributary of the Great Bay Estuary, the river supports an incredibly diverse ecosystem and provides clean drinking water to Durham and Epping.  In addition, its wild and scenic designation as well as the recreational opportunities is a valuable resource for residents and visitors to the area.  I applaud the continued efforts of the Lamprey River Advisory Management Council and the Southeast Land Trust to protect this important New Hampshire waterway."

Brian Hart, Executive Director of the Southeast Land Trust, stated, "The funding secured by Senator Gregg and Senator Shaheen is critical to the vision of a conservation corridor along the Lamprey River, where protected lands support clean drinking water, grow fresh produce, and provide public access to this great river.  We thank both Senators for their leadership to ensure the Lamprey River remains a treasured resource for future generations."

Sharon Meeker, President of the Lamprey River Advisory Management Council, stated, "The Lamprey River Advisory Committee appreciates the efforts of Senator Judd Gregg and Senator Jeanne Shaheen in securing $200,000 to continue its efforts to work with its partners to conserve land along the federally designated Wild and Scenic Lamprey River. The Lamprey River, flowing from the hills in Northwood New Hampshire some 47 miles to the Great Bay, is known for its historic sites, abundant wildlife, clean water, and variety of recreational possibilities."