Partnership seeks to protect salmon habitat in N.H.

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New Hampshire biologists and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests are working to conserve riverbanks and other areas critical to the survival of Atlantic salmon.

As more of the state is developed, Atlantic salmon are struggling to find the right stretches of rivers to return to and spawn the next generation of fish. While much of the work around Atlantic salmon has focused on restoring habitat, Fish and Game biologists and forest society workers have spent the last four years conserving the habitat that remains.

This year, they will use a grant and private donations to buy an easement on about 960 acres in Hill that drain into the Smith River, which is home to some of the best salmon habitat in the state.

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