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March 3, 2005

Mark Beauchesne of Fish & Game Lands Silver Trout Award

CONCORD, N.H. -- Mark Beauchesne, Coordinator of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing program, was recognized recently with the Silver Trout Award from the Basil W. Woods Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Beauchesne was noted for his work with the Let's Go Fishing program and his dedication to the enhancement, preservation and restoration of New Hampshire's coldwater fisheries.

"This award speaks of the efforts of the Let's Go Fishing volunteers," said Beauschesne. "It's as much a recognition of their efforts as mine."

Fish and Game's Let's Go Fishing Program involves more than 130 volunteer instructors who reach thousands of new anglers each year, giving them the skills they need to enjoy fishing, along with sound conservation ethics. This educational effort allows "the angling traditions and stewardship mindset to continue," according to Beauchesne. "It wouldn't be possible without the efforts of these great volunteers."

"Mark has been doing a lot for the kids in this area through the Let's Go Fishing program," said Angus Boezeman, Vice President of the Basil W. Woods Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited. "He really does a lot for the state by promoting the fishery, and he's gotten the fly-fishing end of the Let's Go Fishing program going, bringing it full circle."

This is the 17th year that the chapter has presented the Silver Trout award. A single award is issued each year. The Basil W. Woods Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited works to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watershed. With more than 300 active members, the chapter helps stock fish and is working on the Nash Stream restoration as part of the national Trout Unlimited project in New England called "Back the Brookie" - an effort to preserve naturally reproducing brook trout - among other projects. Find out more about Trout Unlimited at

Part of Fish and Game's Aquatic Resources Education Program, Let's Go Fishing teaches the skills and ethics of fishing and introduces thousands of people each year to an outdoor activity that fosters good stewardship of New Hampshire's aquatic resources. Let's Go Fishing program activities are made possible through Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration dollars. Click here for available courses and more information on Let's Go Fishing, or call (603) 271-3212.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

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