New Hampshire has made great strides in protecting wildlife throughout the state, but Rosemary encourages us not to stop pushing.
Recently, the US Fish & Wildlife Service reported that in 2006, 560 million dollars were spent on hunting, fishing and wildlife-watching in New Hampshire. That’s a real boost to our economy, and the numbers continue to increase each year. For those of us in the conservation business, of course, it’s quite affirming. All those years of hard work seem to be paying off — quite literally.
New Hampshire’s undeveloped land is important to our wildlife, our economy and ourselves.
Luckily there are a lot of folks throughout the state working to ensure that we have enough habitat for all that watchable wildlife. And if it keeps our deer and trout healthy, you can bet that all of us will benefit from the cleaner air, water and scenic beauty that undeveloped land provides.
Nevertheless, in a state that has been more than 13,000 acres to development each year, these conservation efforts must continue. A two acre-park here or a 20-acre sanctuary there won’t support much beyond some skunks, a few sunfish, and a handful of robins. The more glamorous species, the ones that really bring out the crowds, need superstar-sized spaces. Moose, bobcat, and female black bears for example, need ten to fifteen square miles of habitat to thrive. A male black bear, will roam up to 100 square miles in his search for food, shelter and mates.
Smaller animals, like songbirds, also need adequate acreage. When houses or roads fragment a forest, it means fewer places where birds can hide their eggs from raccoons, skunks, and house cats. So by conserving new areas or expanding upon already existing ones, we are doing good work on many levels: ecologically, economically, and even, psychologically. After all, we all need room to roam.