The Falmouth Rod & Gun Club and its sister 501(c)(3) organization SSCEF (Sporting, Safety, Conservation, and Education Fund) have dedicated funds and in-kind contributions to various aspects of the Upper Childs River Restoration Project over the past few years. A tremendous amount of support, assistance, guidance, and commitment was provided by the Towns of Falmouth and Mashpee. In addition, many personal donations have been made to further the project concept, planning, and design. Significant contributions have come from our financial and project partners below.
Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants - These watershed grants are funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through a collaboration with Restore America's Estuaries (RAE).
Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) - MET is a grant program whose mission is to support projects that enable innovative approaches to protect and restore natural resources. Grants are funded through motorist purchase of any of 3 specialty license plates - the Whale Tail, Brook Trout, or Blackstone Valley plate.
Association to Preserve Cape Cod - Funding was provided by The Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation through the APCC. The mission of the APCC is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of Cape Cod. In addition, the APCC plays a critical role as project manager of the restoration initiative.
Falmouth Community Preservation Committee - Funds are provided by the Community Preservation Act. Community preservation enhances and strengthens community by preserving homes for working people, historic buildings that give a town its visual character, open space for parks and nature reserves,
Mashpee Community Preservation Committtee - This Community Preservation Act Committee is a nine-member Town committee with purpose of considering projects and making recommendations to the Town Meeting for appropriations which preserve open space, provide affordable housing or for historic preservation.
Cape Cod Trout Unlimited - Trout Unlimited (TU) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold water fisheries (salmon and trout) and their watersheds.
Trout Unlimited "Embrace A Stream" - Embrace A Stream (EAS) is a matching grant program administered by TU that awards funds to TU chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, EAS has funded more than 1,080 individual projects with more than $4.75 million in direct cash grants.
Cape Cod Foundation - Falmouth Fund - The Falmouth Fund has awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to more than 70 organizations over the past ten years. It is involved in a myriad of different activities - all in an effort to help numerous aspects of the community.
MA Division of Ecological Restoration - MA DER restores and protects rivers, wetlands, and watersheds in Massachusetts for the benefit of people and the environment.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services - Among the responsibilities of the FWS are enforcing federal wildlife laws; protecting endangered species; managing migratory birds; restoring nationally significant fisheries; conserving and restoring wildlife habitat, such as wetlands.
Inter-Fluve - As our design and project partner Inter-Fluve has completed over 2,000 projects across all regions of the United States and on four continents. From stream and rivers to wetlands, lakes and estuaries: freshwater ecosystem restoration is what they do.
WBNERR - Waquoit Bay has 2,700 acres of open waters, barrier beaches, marshlands, and uplands. As one of our partners supporting restoration research, we are also partners in the Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge. A majority of the Upper Childs River restoration project is located within the Mashpee Wildlife Refuge.
MassWildlife - MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy
Restore America's Estuaries - Restore America's Estuaries has effectively changed the future course of our nation's estuaries. They have advanced, funded, and implemented on-the-ground restoration projects on a national basis,
Woodwell Climate Research Center - Woodwell Climate Research Center advances scientific discovery and solutions to address the world’s climate challenges. Originally founded as the Woods Hole Research Center in 1985, its world-leading research and education helps individuals, communities, and nations understand the realities of climate change.
Sport Fish Restoration - The Sport Fish Restoration Program (SFR) funds fish and wildlife agencies within the states. Taxes on fishing equipment, small engine fuels, and import duties are sent to SFR and the Boating Trust Fund. SFR then distributes the money to territories based on land and paid license holders.
Luciano's Excavation, Inc. - Luciano's Excavation is a family owned and operated business. They were contracted to perform a majority of the river restoration from tree cutting, channel diversion and construction, wood installation to bog repurposing into wildlife habitat.
EPA -The Environmental Protection Agency is an independent executive agency of the United States federal government tasked with environmental protection matters.
In-Kind Contributors - In addition to direct financial contributions and grants, several local companies have contributed their services to assist with the Upper Childs River Restoration Project - Rykor Concrete and Civil, Inc, Randy Harnois Construction.