Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: NH Fish and Game seeking addtional funding

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Gorham NH
    Posts
    5,360

    NH Fish and Game seeking addtional funding

    NHFG was on the news that the department cannot afford to hire additional employees despite a significant need. The traditional source of funding, license fees and registrations will not cover the expanded roles they are asked to fill. No hikers fees have been proposed yet but it looks likely that kayaks and canoes will need registrations.

    I

  2. #2
    Moderator bikehikeskifish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    5,435
    Bike, Hike, Ski, Sleep. Eat, Fish, Repeat.

  3. #3
    Senior Member TJsName's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    'Springtime' on the Carters (Somerville, MA)
    Posts
    1,739
    This is somewhat a continuation of a sub-topic from this thread: http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthrea...ged-for-Rescue
    | 63.0% W48: 19/48
    Trail Adopter of the Guinea Pond Trail (Pemi District)

  4. #4
    Senior Member Raven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    NH Seacoast
    Posts
    1,653
    I saw recently that NH F&G assigned two officers to be on full time ATV duty now.

    Regarding hiker fees, I often wonder if the volunteer hours of hikers on S&R teams are taken into financial account when determining from where support for F&G should come. Each year, the total number of F&G officer hours on S&R missions is in total very similar to the number of volunteer hours performed by those who make up much of the bulk of the actual S&R teams.
    Humankind has not woven the web of life.
    We are but one thread within it.
    Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
    All things are bound together.
    All things connect.
    ~ Chief Seattle, 1854 ~

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Lewiston, and Biddeford Maine
    Posts
    556
    Most non-profits I volunteer for/with are eligible for grant money depending on unpaid volunteer hours. Can NHF&G not apply for federal grants based on the unpaid voluteer hours donated for SAR functions?

  6. #6
    Senior Member Raven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    NH Seacoast
    Posts
    1,653
    Quote Originally Posted by egilbe View Post
    Most non-profits I volunteer for/with are eligible for grant money depending on unpaid volunteer hours. Can NHF&G not apply for federal grants based on the unpaid voluteer hours donated for SAR functions?
    F&G is a state agency, not a non profit. They can apply for grants, but they need consistent funding for what has become increasingly costly duties required of the department. Grants are nice stop gap measures and great for seed money or one time costs. They want a consistent, reliable funding source.
    Humankind has not woven the web of life.
    We are but one thread within it.
    Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
    All things are bound together.
    All things connect.
    ~ Chief Seattle, 1854 ~

  7. #7
    Senior Member skiguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Center Conway, NH
    Posts
    2,208
    Quote Originally Posted by Raven View Post
    They want a consistent, reliable funding source.
    Make the Hike Safe card mandatory.
    "I'm getting up and going to work everyday and I am stoked. That does not suck!"__Shane McConkey

  8. #8
    Senior Member dug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Xanadu
    Posts
    1,895
    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    Make the Hike Safe card mandatory.
    How? Kiosks/card readers at trail heads? Which trail heads, WMNF trail heads? State parks? How do we define hiking? I have access to land that borders the WMNF, and will go for a walk often. Sometimes, those walks end up on the top of a mountain. Sometimes, they end up by a river. Sometimes, they do nothing more than turn around randomly and back to the start. Sometimes, those same walks are in town in Southern NH. Would I need one there?

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Ipswich, MA
    Posts
    197
    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    Make the Hike Safe card mandatory.
    The state doesn't even require auto insurance but they are going to enforce hiking insurance on federal land? Am I exempt if I have other rescue insurance?

  10. #10
    Senior Member richard's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    manchester nh
    Posts
    266
    Quote Originally Posted by JoshandBaron View Post
    The state doesn't even require auto insurance but they are going to enforce hiking insurance on federal land? Am I exempt if I have other rescue insurance?
    How about us over the hill hikers ? Will we get a discount at least?

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Bethlehem, NH
    Posts
    363
    There is a non-profit which was established to directly fund NHF&G projects, http://nhwildlifeheritage.org/ . Unfortunately it was either in the original establishment of the organizations bylaws, or enabling legislation for the agency to utilize these 'outside' funds, that the funds can only be used for such expenses as equipment, paying contracted services, etc. It can not be used to pay for employee salaries. It helps offset the drain of the other things on the overall budget, so hopefully leaves a little more for staff funding.

    As Raven said the ultimate solution for adequate personnel is a stable funding source. The state budgets are so complicated that even if there might be extra funding in one line item account, it may be impossible or not allowed by law for these to be used to fund personnel or other needs if not originally approved in a budget line for a fiscal year. It's all enough for a state employee to want to retire- which sooo many of our CO's are ready to do at first eligibility, it's sad to see how much pressure these officers are under.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •