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John Magee, Fish Habitat Biologist: (603) 271-2744 or john.a.magee@wildlife.nh.gov
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
July 1, 2011

Public Information Meeting July 12 on Proposed Fish Habitat Project in Harrisville Pond

Christmas Trees Would Be Used to Provide Structure for Largemouth Bass

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Inland Fisheries Division will hold a Public Information Meeting at the Harrisville, N.H., Town Office from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, to discuss a proposed fish habitat project in Harrisville Pond that involves adding recycled whole Christmas trees to selected areas of the pond to improve underwater structure for fish. At the meeting, biologists will give a presentation on the scientific information that has been collected to show how the addition of this woody material would benefit the fish and the public.

Fish and Game biologists have completed fish and habitat surveys of the pond and concluded that a lack of structural habitat in the pond is a possible cause of reduced growth of largemouth bass there.  "Although there are areas of relatively dense, native aquatic plants, there is very little wood (logs) in the pond, much less so than what would be expected in a pond with limited human development around it," said  John Magee, a Fish Habitat Biologist for Fish and Game.

Biologists have determined that a cost-effective approach with no impact to the pond or to the public’s use of the pond would be to add approximately sixty former Christmas trees in specifically selected areas.  These trees are natural and will provide the much-needed structural habitat preferred by largemouth bass and their prey.

Fisheries habitat work in New Hampshire is supported in part by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration, a user-pay, user-benefit program supported by the purchase of hunting and fishing equipment and motorboat fuel. 

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