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April 27, 2007

Five Earn Fish and Game Commission Awards of Excellence

CONCORD, N.H. - Five New Hampshire citizens and organizations have been recognized by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission with Awards of Excellence for their efforts in the conservation field in support of the N.H. Fish and Game Department's mission. The annual awards honor outstanding achievements by individuals and groups outside Fish and Game in furthering the work of the Department.

2006 Commission Awards of Excellence

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Al and Lorri Menard
Al and Lorri Menard
Allan Clark
Allan Clark
Lisa Bell
Lisa Bell (download image shows Bell with Lt. John Wimsatt)
Josh Basner
Joshua Basnar

"Fish and Game relies on many dedicated partners, supporters and volunteers who we work with every day to further wildlife conservation in the state," said Fish and Game Executive Director Lee E. Perry. "These awards allow us to express our thanks to these individuals for their hard work and diligence in conserving and managing the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources. They also illustrate how important all our volunteers are to the work of the Department."

The 2006 Commission Award of Excellence recipients:

The Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Commission Award of Excellence was presented to Al and Lorri Menard of New Boston, who have devoted many years and thousands of hours to Fish and Game programs, particularly Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. This top Commission award recognizes an individual, group, organization, club, foundation or agency that has excelled in efforts to promote, enhance or benefit fish, wildlife or marine resources or Fish and Game's mission through any variety of involvement. "Al and Lorri Menard are two conservationists who have devoted a significant part of their lives to the promotion and achievement of the Department's mission," said Perry. "They are excellent ambassadors and outstanding role models for hunting and hunter safety in New Hampshire. Through their efforts, many people have inspired others to join the program and have helped hundreds of people to gain a fuller appreciation for and enjoyment of the shooting sports, hunting and the great outdoor life."

Two individuals were selected for the Commission's Volunteer Award of Excellence, which recognizes New Hampshire Fish and Game volunteers who have excelled in efforts to support and achieve the Department's mission:

Allan Clark of Sugar Hill was honored with a Volunteer Award of Excellence in recognition of his effort to form the volunteer Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team. In 2006, the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team membership exceeded 60 members, and team members participated in 18 incidents involving searches, recoveries and carryouts of injured hikers. "The remarkable rise of Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue, and its continued growth and stability, result from the talent and dedication of the entire team, yet the team members clearly recognize that it results at least as much from the vision, energy, experience and selfless commitment of Allan Clark," said Perry.

Lisa Bell of Mt. Sunapee was recognized with a Volunteer Award of Excellence for her long history of volunteer involvement related to Fish and Game's mission -- assisting with Department shows, exhibits and programs, volunteering for the Conservation Officer Relief Association and playing a key role with the NH Locked Moose Antler Project, Inc. "Lisa exemplifies the spirit of cooperation and hard work," said Perry. "Without her invaluable assistance as promoter, educator, bookkeeper and logistics officer, the Locked Moose project would not be what it is today." Bell has donated more than 1,000 hours to the project.

This year's Youth Conservationist Award of Excellence went to Joshua Basnar, an 8th grade student at Daisy Bronson Middle School in Littleton. This award recognizes an individual, 18 years of age or younger, who has excelled in efforts to benefit fish, wildlife or marine resources or the Fish and Game's mission through any variety of involvement. Josh has demonstrated a keen interest in wildlife and is already volunteering his time on N.H. Fish and Game's bear project. He volunteers time at biological check stations and assists on bear den visits with Fish and Game bear project leader Andy Timmins and writer/naturalist Ben Kilham. "Josh picked up the techniques quickly, asked many questions and was eager to learn," said Timmins. "His sincere interest in wildlife biology is evident." Josh has shared these experiences with others through public presentations. In 2006, he attended Fish and Game's Let's Go Fishing specialty week at Barry Conservation Camp, with the support of the Littleton Garden Club. This year, Josh plans to continue his volunteer efforts with Fish and Game by working with fisheries biologist Dianne Emerson. "I can't think of a better role model for young people everywhere than Joshua Basnar, the Commission's Youth Conservationist of the Year!" said Director Perry.

Hawkeye Hunting & Fishing News of Milford was honored with the Communication Award of Excellence, which recognizes an outdoor communicator, writer, or media source that has written or published articles or materials beneficial to public understanding about fish, wildlife or marine resources as they relate to Fish and Game's mission. (This award will be presented at the Commission meeting at Fish and Game headquarters at 1 p.m. on May 16.) "Hawkeye has carved a special niche for itself in communicating with outdoor enthusiasts in New Hampshire," said Perry. "Each issue of Hawkeye contains many articles that improve public understanding of fish, wildlife or marine resources and support our efforts to manage those resources wisely."

"While these individuals have received special recognition, there are hundreds of others who have volunteered their time conserving New Hampshire's fish and wildlife resources or helping other people improve their outdoor skills," said Perry. "Our thanks goes out to all who have volunteered their time -- the Department could not accomplish all it does without their commitment and talent."

   

As guardian of New Hampshire's fish, wildlife and marine resources, the Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats; inform and educate the public about these resources; and provide opportunities for the public to use and appreciate these resources.

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