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Judy Silverberg, 603-271-3211
October 13, 2010

New roofs at Barry Camp
Four new roofs are among the renovations accomplished at Barry Camp this fall; donations are needed to continue restoring the camp. Click to see more photos of the progress.

Barry Camp Renovations Underway; Donations Needed

BERLIN, N.H. -- Shiny new metal roofs on several campers' cabins and a fully restored recreation hall reflect the progress made this fall at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, N.H.  Volunteer work crews pitched in to make the repairs; many generous donors have supplied materials and funds for the project.  The hope is that camp can reopen in 2011.

"We still have a lot of work to do to," said volunteer project coordinator Mike Normandin of the Belknap County Sportsmen’s Association.  "Momentum is growing, which is great to see.  The biggest need right now is for donations to help us reach our goal for the endowment."

Fundraising to pay for materials needed for the renovations and to create an endowment for future repairs is a key part of the project. The goal is to raise $50,000 for a dedicated Barry Camp Fund. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to: the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, PO Box 3993, Concord, NH 03301 (specify Barry Camp Fund). The Foundation is the nonprofit partner of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

Donations of materials are also needed, including windows, doors, stain, electrical work, etc.  Contact Mike Normandin at mike@townserve.com or 603-455-5435 for specifics.  "Among other things, we're looking for a person or organization to build several shooting benches over winter. I have plans available," said Normandin.  "We also need a permanent flagpole for the camp, which is a fairly costly item.  Epoxy-type floor paint – and the application of same – is needed for those buildings not yet adopted.  For the spring we are looking for someone to adopt and take on the task of replacing the two sets of hillside stairs and refurbishing the campfire circle.  In addition we will need to finish up work on the buildings and other camp facilities.”

Barry Conservation Camp is N.H. Fish and Game's residential summer camp in Berlin, N.H., where thousands of boys and girls have learned to hunt, fish, camp and appreciate the great outdoors over the past 30 years. The camp is operated in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension 4H. It was closed in 2009 because of needed repairs. In addition to summer youth activities, Fish and Game uses Barry Camp for diverse outdoor programming such as fly-fishing workshops, teacher-training sessions related to wildlife and the environment, and N.H. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs. 

While Fish and Game wants to maintain Barry Camp, it has no financial resources to devote to the project. "In order for camp to continue, everyone needs to get into the act -- sportsmen and women, conservation commissions, clubs and individuals," said Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau. "Establishing an endowment for future maintenance is essential, or we will lose this important opportunity to inspire future generations of outdoor enthusiasts."

Many in New Hampshire's outdoor community have been working this fall to make this dream a reality. The Belknap County Sportsmen’s Association was the first to adopt a building and offer financial support and construction services. Pointer Fish and Game Club and the N.H. Trappers Association have also adopted buildings at the camp. Other organizations involved include Goffstown Fish and Game, the Ammonoosuc Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Sullivan County Sportsmen's Association. Local businesses have contributed cash and materials for the renovations, including LL Cote in Errol, N.H.; Cartier Construction in Belmont, N.H., and Grappone Automotive in Bow, N.H.

Learn more about the Barry Camp project, see the progress and get involved!  Visit www.wildnh.com/barrycamp.

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