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Judy Stokes: (603) 271-3211
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211              
November 29, 2011

Nominate Your Conservation Hero!

CONCORD, N.H. – Do you know a person or organization who has made a difference for New Hampshire wildlife, fisheries, open land and wild places, in support of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s mission?  Honor them with a nomination for a New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission Award of Excellence. 

Each year, the Commission recognizes deserving individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements. There are seven award categories.  The top honor is the Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Commission Award of Excellence.  Other categories for nominations are Youth Conservationist, Communication Award, Conservation Organization, Volunteer Award, Habitat Stewardship, and Landowner Appreciation.

TO NOMINATE a person or organization for one of these awards, download the nomination form at www.wildnh.com/Inside_FandG/Awards_of_Excellence_Form.pdf.  Forms are also available at Fish and Game offices, or call 603-271-3511 to request by mail. 

Send your nomination package, postmarked no later than December 31, 2011, 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. 

The are seven award categories are described below:

1. Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Commission Award of Excellence -- Recognizes 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 -- Awards 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 -- Honors 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 -- Recognizes 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 -- Honors 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 -- Recognizes 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 -- Salutes a person who has excelled in preserving or enhancing opportunities for public use on private property, furthering Fish and Game’s mission. 

For more information on the Commission Awards and find accounts of those honored in recent years, visit www.wildnh.com/Inside_FandG/commission_awards.html.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit www.wildnh.com.

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