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September 16, 2003


New Fish and Game Commissioners Begin Duties

CONCORD, N.H. -- Two new members of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission begin their duties this week when the Fish and Game Commission meets on Wednesday, September 17, at 9:30 a.m. at Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord. The two new Commissioners are Walter Morse of Hillsboro, who will represent Hillsborough County through 2008; and Sharon Guaraldi of Lebanon, who will represent Grafton County through June 2004, filling out the term of the late Commissioner Frank Clark.

Commissioner Walter Morse served for 31 years with the New Hampshire State Police, during which time he worked extensively with Fish and Game Conservation Officers. Morse recently served ten years as Hillsborough County Sheriff, and he continues to tend 2,000 Christmas trees on his Deering farm. He is a member of the Piscataquog Watershed Association and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and has been involved in teaching hunter safety and education in the Hillsboro area for many years. A lifelong hunter and fly-fisherman, Morse looks forward to learning in his new role on the Fish and Game Commission. "I just want to make sure that the people of New Hampshire have a good place to hunt and fish and enjoy our great outdoors," he said.

Commissioner Sharon Guaraldi has worked for over 30 years with Guaraldi Insurance Agency in Lebanon. She served two years as president of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and remains active on that organization's executive committee. Guaraldi has participated on the planning committee for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, co-sponsored by Fish and Game and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, for several years. She holds a lifetime hunting and fishing license, has held a pistol permit since 1975, and has successfully hunted moose in New Hampshire and black bear in Quebec. On the commission, Guaraldi looks forward to being a resource for outdoors enthusiasts. "I consider myself a sportsman's advocate. We've got to get active or we'll lose what we love," Guaraldi said. "I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to do my small part in guaranteeing that our grandchildren and their children have the opportunity to enjoy hunting, fishing and trapping, as well as having the pleasure of watching wildlife in our state."

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission has eleven members, one from each county in the state, plus one representing the coastal area. Members are appointed by the Governor, in consultation with the Executive Council. The Commission oversees the work of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, which is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources. Click here for more information on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission.

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