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September 27, 2006

Signing Ceremony for Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. -- The first step in creating a nonprofit foundation to support the work of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will take place Friday, September 29, 2006, when the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire is incorporated by five founding trustees.

Members of the media are invited to attend a special signing ceremony to mark the occasion:

What: Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire Signing Ceremony
Where: N.H. Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord NH
When: Friday, September 29, 2006, 9:30 a.m.
Who: Executive Director Lee E. Perry; and five founding trustees: Rep. David Smith, Charles Barry, Joseph Bellavance, Donna Cote and Dr. Donald A. Normandeau

The ceremony will include remarks by Fish and Game Director Lee E. Perry, and New Hampshire State Representative David Smith of Nashua, who proposed the enabling legislation and has championed the foundation from the beginning. There will also be a short presentation on agency-associated fish and wildlife foundations, of which New Hampshire's will be the 26th in the United States. The event will conclude with a brief meeting of the new trustees. In the weeks to come, the five founding trustees will select members to complete the Board of Directors, and will submit a request to the IRS to be designated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire became a possibility with the enactment this past July of House Bill 1658, authorizing the Fish and Game Commission to designate one or more nonprofit partners for the purpose of accepting grants, bequests and other donations to further Fish and Game Department goals.

The foundation will not help avert the immediate financial shortfalls that N.H. Fish and Game faces as soon as next year, but it is part of the solution. It is hoped that the foundation will build sizeable assets over the long term and be a significant part of a multi-layered strategy to meet the modern fish and wildlife agency's financial needs in future years.

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


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