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Nancy Berliner: 603-545-4875 or coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org
October 5, 2010

DR. DONALD NORMANDEAU, RETIRING LEADER OF WILDLIFE HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF N.H., HONORED; NEW CHAIR IS STEVEN WHITE

CONCORD, N.H. -- Dr. Donald A. Normandeau, recently retired as Chairman of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire Board of Directors, was honored with a recognition of service award at the National Hunting and Fishing Day N.H. Sporting Expo held September 25 in Concord, N.H. Dr. Normandeau served for four years as Chairman and was one of the original incorporators of the organization.

"It was a privilege to work with our Board of Directors and to help in developing the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H. into a functioning nonprofit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department," said Dr. Normandeau. "Wildlife is a crucial component of New Hampshire's ecosystems.  Our culture, our heritage and our economy are all very much connected to the condition of our fish and wildlife populations and habitats.  The N.H. Fish and Game Department is responsible for overseeing and managing our wildlife.  The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H. can and will play a significant role in providing the financial support necessary for Fish and Game to continue to fulfill its mission."

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire was established in 2006 to help the N.H. Fish and Game Department achieve its mission.  Fish and Game is a self-funded state agency that is largely dependent on income from licenses and fees.  Because of declining revenues and increases in Department responsibilities, new sources of revenue are needed in order to support important fish and wildlife programs. The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H., as a nonprofit organization, provides the perfect vehicle for small businesses, corporations, other foundations and individuals to support fish and wildlife programs with tax deductible donations.

Judy Stokes, Chief of the Public Affairs Division at the NH Fish and Game Department, worked with Rep. David Smith of Nashua, author of the enabling legislation, to implement the idea of creating the Foundation over six years ago. "When we were looking for the initial incorporators to get this foundation up and running, I immediately thought of Dr. Normandeau. I had worked with him for many years at Fish and Game and had grown to appreciate his thoughtful approach in developing new initiatives," Stokes recalls. "That, coupled with his depth of knowledge of the Department and wildlife conservation, made him an ideal future board member. Under his guidance, the Foundation has developed into a full-fledged and growing conservation organization." 

Replacing Dr. Normandeau as Foundation chairman is Steven White of Concord, N.H. White is a retired principal owner of the engineering firm of Fay, Spofford & Thorndike. He brings a wealth of knowledge of and experience working with the N.H. Fish and Game Department. Stepping into his new post last month, White said, “Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Normandeau, the Foundation has the building blocks in place to advance our mission and increase our financial support of Fish and Game. I look forward with great enthusiasm to the future of the Foundation, and to working with Fish and Game to sustain their excellent programming in wildlife conservation and education now, and for future generations to come. However, we cannot do it alone, and will need the on-going support of the corporate sector and private citizens."

Dr. Normandeau served as Executive Director of the Fish and Game Department from 1988 to 1994. He will continue to serve on the Foundation's Board of Directors as Chairman Emeritus.

To find out more about the Foundation or make an online donation, visit www.nhwildlifefoundation.org, or contact coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org.

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