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.