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April 20, 2007


2007 Wildlife Legacy Initiative Benefits Landowner Relations Program

CONCORD, N.H. -- If you love New Hampshire's wildlife and wild places, give a little extra this year when you buy your fishing or hunting license. Support the Wildlife Legacy Initiative, which replaces the former "Super Sport" donation program, and help the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department accomplish critical fish and wildlife conservation projects. You can donate when you buy your license -- in person or online at www.WildNH.com. Just check off the $10 Wildlife Legacy Donation box.

The Wildlife Legacy Initiative was created to encourage and fund specific fish and wildlife conservation programs approved by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission, giving everyone who benefits from Fish and Game services a chance to lend personal support to the Department's programs.

Each year a different priority project is selected to benefit from Wildlife Legacy donations. 2007 contributions will help support New Hampshire Fish and Game's Landowner Relations Program, which is working to keep New Hampshire open to outdoor users by protecting access to private land for hunting and fishing.

Recognizing that the generosity of landowners in providing access to their land is critical to the future of hunting and fishing, the Landowner Relations Program focuses on maintaining access by identifying the issues and concerns landowners face and working proactively to address them. "Simply put, lack of access is the most significant threat to the future of hunting and fishing in New Hampshire," said Charles Miner Jr., Coordinator of the Landowner Relations Program.

"Hunting and fishing are set deep in New Hampshire tradition and are an integral part of our heritage," said Miner. "Many hunters and anglers have had these traditions passed down to them, and now they want to pass them along to future generations. We all have favorite memories - a family trout pool or deer stand, bird hunting on a crisp fall day, ice-fishing with the grandkids, or hearing a gobbler respond to the first call of the day. The future of these traditions is at risk because, throughout New Hampshire, people are finding it increasingly difficult to find a place to hunt or fish."

The Landowner Relations Program works in partnership with hunters, anglers and landowners to maintain and enhance access to private lands for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. These efforts include:

  • Establishing a corps of volunteer sportspeople assisting landowners to help address the issues they face in keeping their land open.
  • Providing outreach to landowners, including information on the protection from liability that they have through RSA 212:34 "Duty of Care."
  • Showing appreciation and recognition for landowners who keep their land open for public use.

To make a donation to Fish and Game's Landowner Relations Program through the Wildlife Legacy Initiative, just check the appropriate box when you buy your 2007 license (click here for online license sales) or at any New Hampshire license agent.

For more information on the Landowner Relations Program or to become involved with the program, please contact Program Administrator Charles Miner Jr. at (603) 271-3511 or email access@wildlife.nh.gov.

For more information on the Wildlife Legacy Initiative, click here.

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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