September 19, 2020

New Hampshire Fish And Game Needs Funding

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Lee E. Perry, executive director for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is concerned that Governor John Lynch mentioned nothing about funding or supporting the fish and game in his inaugural address on January 4. According to reports and reiterated in a recent press release by Perry, the department needs $1.6 million in each of the next two fiscal years to continue to operate. He pleads with the citizens of New Hampshire.

Who should care about this? We all should. What if Fish and Game biologists were not monitoring for an outbreak of Avian Flu? What if we no longer had lands open to hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation? What if your child wandered into the woods and no one was there to coordinate a search? What if loons or bald eagles vanished from the state forever? What if unregulated deer populations overran our suburbs, causing regular traffic fatalities and increased concerns about Lyme disease? What if Fish and Game were not there to protect habitat? What if no one took responsibility for teaching conservation to a new generation? What if livelihoods were lost for thousands of New Hampshire businessmen and women who count on the hundreds of millions of dollars brought into the state through wildlife-related activities?

This is a defining moment for New Hampshire’s wildlife and wild places. If you care about wildlife, if you enjoy fishing or hunting, or watching birds or moose, if you understand how essential our wild resources are to New Hampshire’s quality of life, then let the Governor know. He needs to hear that you support the Fish and Game Department, and that you want him to provide funding in his budget request to the Legislature.

To contact Governor Lynch, go to http://www.nh.gov/governor and click on “contact the governor”; or write to: Governor John Lynch, State House, 25 Capitol Street, Concord, NH 03301; call (603) 271-2121; or fax (603) 271-7680.

Tom Remington

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