NH Fish and Game honors Merrimack man, 3 Nashua area youths
CONCORD – A Merrimack man and three Nashua area youths are among those honored with Awards of Excellence by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission for outstanding efforts in support of the commission’s conservation mission.
"Those we are honoring have all made a significant contribution to the mission of New Hampshire’s wildlife agency, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department," state Fish and Game Commissioner Vincent Greco said in announcing the awards.
Seven 2014 Awards of Excellence were given out.
Paul Chartrain, of Merrimack, received the Volunteer Award of Excellence for the time he has devoted to the Let’s Go Fishing Program during the last eight years.
Chartrain has volunteered nearly 500 hours a year for Fish and Game, sharing his passion for fishing with kids and adults. As a lead instructor for Barry Conservation Camp’s fishing week, he spends the enter week at camp each year.
"Paul puts his heart and soul into educating these children," Greco said. "They are the hope and future of conserving New Hampshire Fish and Game’s mission."
Three Greater Nashua youths earned a joint Youth Conservationist Award of Excellence.
Patrick McCarthy, Douglas Barker and Jack Gould were students at Pennichuck Middle School in Nashua when they organized a fishing derby and raised more than $200 for the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, Fish and Game’s nonprofit partner.
"These young men found a creative and fun way to be a part of preserving wildlife and helping research and development," Greco said.
"It says a lot about our state that we have young people who value outdoor recreation and are willing to work together to improve the natural world. You are the future of this department."
Other honorees included state Rep. Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, who received the commission’s highest honor, the Ellis R. Hatch Junior Award of Excellence.
Chandler, now in his 13th term as state representative, has been a steadfast supporter of Fish and Game. He sponsored the bill that created the Hike Safe Card and was prime sponsor of the bill to rename Jones Pond Wildlife Area to the Ellis R. Hatch Wildlife Management Area.
Fish and Game accepts nominations in seven Awards of Excellence categories. Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 31. For a description of the award categories and a nomination form, visit wildlife.state.nh.us/about/commission-awards.html.