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September 3, 2004

2004 Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Features Work of Young N.H. Artist

CONCORD, N.H. -- The 2004 New Hampshire Migratory Waterfowl stamp, commonly known as the "duck stamp," is now available, featuring the artwork of New Hampshire's top winner in the 2004 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. Lindsey Rothe, a student at Berlin High School, painted the oil-on-canvas image of a wood duck, "Among the Reeds," which took top honors in the statewide contest and appears on the new stamp issued by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. This is the first year New Hampshire has showcased winning artwork from the Junior Duck Stamp contest on its official state migratory waterfowl stamp.

Another change this year is that there will not be a limited edition print made of the 2004 duck stamp. For the past 20 years, both stamps and prints have been created, but as of 2004, only the waterfowl stamps are being produced.

The 2004 duck stamp is available in standard Hunter Issue or a high-quality Collector Edition. All hunters of waterfowl in New Hampshire are required to buy a $4 stamp. Collector stamps are of interest to wildlife art enthusiasts. Collector stamps may be purchased from Fish and Game at the following prices: a full sheet of 30 stamps is $120; a plate block of 4 stamps with numbers is available for $16; Governor's Edition signed stamps are $95; and single stamps are $4 each.

To order, click here for a printable order form, complete and and mail with payment to N.H. Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. Stamp orders must be postmarked by March 31, 2005. You also may call (603) 271-3422 to request a form.

All revenue from the sale of waterfowl stamps goes to support the Waterfowl Conservation Fund, which is earmarked for habitat acquisition and management of waterfowl in New Hampshire. Since the program began in 1983, the fund has made it possible for Fish and Game to acquire 3,105 acres of waterfowl habitat, used to enlarge 10 Waterfowl Management Areas and establish 12 new Waterfowl Management Areas. Along with more than a million dollars in federal, private and other matching funds, the Waterfowl Conservation Fund has contributed $616,040 toward the acquisition of dozens of additional properties. Additionally, $88,000 from the fund was used to match $164,000 of private and other monies to construct five new water-control structures to enhance 222 acres of waterfowl habitat.

Waterfowl Conservation Funds also are being used by the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership to protect critical waterfowl habitats near the seacoast. To date, $51,125 of duck stamp revenues has been matched with private monies to obtain ten federal grants that have protected more than 4,000 acres of seacoast waterfowl habitat.

For more information on waterfowl hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources.

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