Charlie Bridges of New Durham is a certified wildlife biologist who recently retired from a 25-year career with the N.H. Fish and Game Dept., where he served as the Habitat and Wildlife Diversity Program administrator. In 2013, the Forest Society honored him with the Sarah Thorne Conservation Award for his effectiveness in facilitating land conservation partnerships throughout the state. In 2012, he was honored with the Two Chiefs Partnership Award of the US Forest Service and NRCS. Prior to Fish and Game, he worked as the UNH Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist.
Charlie served on the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) board for 10 years and the Current Use board for more than 20 years. He has also served on the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) State Technical Committee, the N.H. Forest Advisory Committee, the State Conservation (Moose Plate) Committee and the N.H. Forest Legacy Program Committee. He currently serves on the Land and Stewardship Committee of the Moose Mountains Regional Greenway and the Trust for Public Land’s new N.H. Advisory Board and is a longtime member of N.H. Audubon.
"Both within and outside of New Hampshire's large and active conservation community, the Forest Society has been and continues to be a recognized leader in almost every significant conservation project and initiative in our state. The Forest Society has always maintained a highly skilled and very productive professional staff. When issues are controversial or contentious, the Forest Society does not hesitate to take a stand, actively advocating positions that protect our forest resources and the ecological services they provide. The result of the Forest Society's efforts is a long list of successful outcomes that cover the full range of conservation concerns, including land and habitat protection, public policy decisions, sustaining water quality, education and outreach, and model land stewardship.
I believe the Forest Society, its staff and members, feel as I do that the conservation of our natural environment and its varied resources is integral to sustaining our quality of life and to preserving those things that make New Hampshire a special place to live and raise a family. The conservation of fish and wildlife habitats, clean water, and large blocks of forestland are central to the recreational activities I enjoy today, and to the type of environment I hope we can pass on to future generations."