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Waterman Fund Announces 2013 Grant Recipients

East Corinth — The Waterman Fund recently awarded grants totaling $12,453 to support conservation efforts in New England. Recipients of the 2013 alpine stewardship grants include two projects on Mount Washington.

Plant ecologist Nancy Slack and her colleagues will continue to inventory snowbed communities, bryophytes and lichens on Mount Washington. Their work last year under a Waterman Fund grant resulted in the re-discovery of an ancient liverwort not found in New Hampshire for nearly 100 years and several other rare species, the fund said in a news release last week.

Their results will be compared with research from the 1960s to document changes since then.

In a separate project, the Mount Washington Observatory is rehabilitating and creating new exhibits for the Mount Washington Museum. A new exhibit about summit stewardship on the mountain will highlight the fragility of the alpine zone and the “Leave No Trace” hiker practices designed to help preserve it.

Another grant will help Antioch University host the eighth annual Alpine Stewardship Gathering near Keene, N.H., from Nov. 1-3. At the meeting, scientists, managers and volunteers share strategies for better understanding and managing alpine areas.

Other projects supported by the grants include a student science education program at the Rey Center in Waterville Valley, N.H., and stewardship efforts in the Bigelow Range by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club.

Since 2000, the fund has awarded more than $100,000 for alpine stewardship projects across the Northeast. The fund, named in memory of the late climber and outdoor writer Guy Waterman, and in honor of his wife, Laura, promotes stewardship of the region’s open summits, exposed ridgelines and alpine areas.

— Staff report