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July 16, 2003

Lee Perry Appointed Fish and Game Executive Director

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department today announced that Lee E. Perry, of Wayne, Maine, has been nominated by Governor Craig Benson to serve a four-year term as Executive Director for the Department. Pending confirmation by the Executive Council in August, Perry is expected to begin his duties in early September.

"We are very pleased to have this proven leader in natural resource conservation take the helm at the Department," said Ellis Hatch, chair of the N.H. Fish and Game Commission. "Perry brings a depth of wildlife biology experience, a demonstrated ability to manage staff and a strong relationship with the outdoor sporting community."

Perry served for five years as the Maine Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; he left that post in March of 2003. In that position, Perry was responsible for the administration and enforcement of fish and wildlife laws and management of all inland fish and wildlife in Maine. He supervised more than 300 employees and a budget of $30 million. Under his stewardship, the Department was recognized for progressive promotion of sound resource management and won the 2002 Ernest Thompson Seton Award for best conservation information program in the nation. Prior to holding the top wildlife position in Maine, Perry worked for 13 years for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Perry began his wildlife career in Maine in 1967, starting out as wildlife technician inventorying wetlands. He left to serve two years in the U.S. Navy, then returned to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, working his way up the ladder over 14 years to become a regional wildlife biologist and then assistant director of the Wildlife Division.

Perry holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine at Orono. He is qualified as a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society and as a Certified Public Manager by the Arizona State University. He has served as the vice-president of the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Resource Agencies and was a member of the Land for Maine's Future Board, the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board and the Maine Land and Water Resources Council.

"My work in two regions of the country, active involvement in the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and interaction with a variety of federal and nongovernmental conservation organizations has allowed me to build an expansive network with other conservation leaders throughout the nation," Perry said. "I look forward to creating an environment at New Hampshire Fish and Game where the employees can succeed by working together as a team toward a common purpose as stewards of the state's fish and wildlife."

Perry will oversee about 200 employees at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources. The Department is charged with conserving, managing and protecting these resources and their habitats, informing and educating people about these resources and providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate them.

For Perry's full resume, click here to download (Word doc, 46 KB).

Click here to read Perry's letter of interest.

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