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December 9, 2008
Fish and Game Commission Seeks Nominations for Awards of Excellence
Four 2008 Award Winners Honored for Commitment to Conservation
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission is looking for nominations for its annual Awards of Excellence program to recognize outstanding achievements in furthering the N.H. Fish and Game Department's mission. Nomination forms can be printed from the N.H. Fish and Game website at http://www.WildNH.com (click here to download PDF), or call (603) 271-3511 to request by mail. Nominations must be postmarked by December 31, 2008.
"These awards allow us to recognize outstanding efforts to further the work of the Fish and Game Department in conserving and managing our fish, wildlife and marine resources," said N.H. Fish and Game Commission Chair Robert Phillipson Jr. of Keene.
There are seven award categories in which nominations may be made:
1. Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Commission Award of Excellence -- Recognizing an individual, group, organization, club, foundation or agency that has excelled in efforts to promote, enhance or benefit fish, wildlife or marine resources or the Department's mission.
2. Youth Conservationist -- Recognizing an individual, 18 years of age or younger, who has excelled in efforts to benefit fish, wildlife or marine resources or the Department's mission.
3. Communication -- Recognizing an outdoor communicator, writer, or media source (radio, television, magazine, newsletter or periodical) that has written or published articles or materials beneficial to public understanding about fish, wildlife or marine resources as they relate to the Department's mission. Judged on fairness, accuracy, timeliness, balance and quality of reporting.
4. Conservation Organization -- Recognizing any organization, group, foundation or agency that has excelled in efforts to enhance the welfare of fish, wildlife and marine resources, and supporting achievement of the Department's mission. Recipients will be judged on their efforts to promote the wise use of natural resources for their recreational or economic value.
5. Volunteer -- Recognizing an individual who, as a volunteer with the Department, has excelled in efforts to support and achieve Fish and Game's mission.
6. Habitat Stewardship -- Recognizing an organization, non-governmental entity, individual or corporation that has excelled in the enhancement, conservation or creation of land management practices beneficial to New Hampshire's fish, wildlife and marine resources and the Department's mission.
7. Landowner Appreciation -- Recognizing a person who excelled in preservating or enhancing opportunities for public use on private property, furthering Fish and Game's mission.
TO NOMINATE a person or organization for these awards, download the nomination form at the Fish and Game website, pick up a copy from a Fish and Game office, or call (603) 271-3511 to request a form. Mail your nomination package, postmarked no later than December 31, 2008 to: Commission Awards Program, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. No electronic submissions are accepted. Posthumous nominations are allowed.
This year, four were honored with Fish and Game Commission Awards of Excellence (CLICK HERE for full descriptions of the awardees' accomplishment and print-quality photos.)
The Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Commission Award of Excellence was presented to Cynthia Wyatt of Milton Mills, N.H. Through her contributions to Moose Mountain Regional Greenways, along with the Siemon Family Trust and the Branch Hill Farm, Wyatt has been instrumental in keeping thousands of acres of land open to hunting, fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation. A founding member and co-chair of the board of the Moose Mountain Regional Greenways, she has worked to conserve 2,200 acres on Moose Mountain. Another 3,000 conservation acres form the "Siemon Access," which is open to the public for hunting, fishing and other recreation.
The Amherst Conservation Commission (ACC) earned the Conservation Organization Award of Excellence for leadership in promoting a multi-use philosophy toward its land. Amherst Conservation Commission members Richard Hart, Bill Wichman and Jim Bowen accepted the award. The ACC has had an active land acquisition program to protect vital open lands. It created the Peabody Mill Environmental Center to support environmental and outdoor education, and has shown leadership in providing strong support for multiple uses of the land under its stewardship, including hunting and fishing.
The Commission Award of Excellence for Habitat Stewardship went to the New Hampshire State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for its program providing landowners with packages of trees and shrubs that improve the New Hampshire environment for wildlife, providing critical food for wild turkeys and other wildlife during the winter months. The award was presented to retired University of New Hampshire plant science professor Dr. Charles H. Williams, President of the local NWTF chapter in Durham, N.H.; and Bambi Miller, District Manager of the Strafford County Conservation District, which coordinates the statewide distribution of the plant packages for habitat plots.
The Commission Award of Excellence for Landowner Appreciation was presented to Allan and Judith Forbes of Lancaster, N.H., whose farm has grown from 350 acres in 1968, to 2,700 acres today, providing habitat for wildlife and keeping land open for hunters and anglers.
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New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Award of Excellence Nominations must be submitted annually by December 31. Click here for a commission award application or call (603) 271-3511.
The 2008 Fish and Game Commission Award winners are profiled in the November-December 2008 issue of N.H. Wildlife Journal Magazine. Click here to view (PDF will launch in a new window).
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