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      November 12, 2009

Fish and Game to Close Barry Conservation Camp for One-Year Hiatus

CONCORD, N.H. – Activities at Barry Conservation Camp, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s popular summer camp for youth in Berlin, N.H., will be on a one-year hiatus through 2010 to address infrastructure problems. Operated in partnership with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, the summer youth camp has been offered by Fish and Game since 1984.   

“While we will not hold educational activities at Barry Camp during the coming year, the Department remains firmly committed to the concept of youth conservation camp,” said Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau. “Facilities like Barry Camp are unique places where outdoor education can shape future environmental stewards and give young people a chance to learn the skills for enjoying a healthy, active outdoor life.”

Fish and Game is working to address quality issues with the facility’s drinking water supply, according to Normandeau.  In addition, recent changes in state-mandated camp operating rules present financial challenges for small specialty camps such as Barry. 

“This decision was not an easy one to make, but we want to make sure we have the proper infrastructure in place to deliver quality programming,” said Normandeau.  “We will use this time wisely, as an opportunity not only to make repairs, but to step back and examine our mission and create a vision of all that we hope to accomplish through the camp programs.” 

Parents seeking alternative summer youth outdoor programming may check out offerings at Vermont Conservation Camp (www.vtfishandwildlife.com/edu_camps.cfm) or Maine 4-H Camp (www.extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond).  In addition, N.H. Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness offers summer day programming for youth based on outdoor skill development in archery and the shooting sports (www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm).

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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