A late advocate for trout fishing who worked to build and preserve habitat for trout in Conway – and around the state of New Hampshire – is being recognized for his efforts by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission.
Joseph Conklin of Canterbury, New Hampshire, passed on in November (2013).
Now he has been posthumously presented the commission’s highest honor, the Ellis R. Hatch Jr. Award of Excellence, named in honor of a former commissioner.
Conklin – a member of Trout Unlimited who did volunteer work for Fish and Game – is described as being a tireless advocate for trout fishing, habitat and fisheries education.
Fish and Game Dept. Fish Habitat Biologist John Magee knew Conklin well and describes him as being at “the pinnacle.”
One of Conklin’s final projects was a woody habitat restoration project on a stream in Conway. Magee says that means placing wood in the stream to help it form natural pools where fish can rest and hide.
Magee emphasizes the wood is only placed into small streams, not into rivers like the Saco and Swift.
Members of Conklin’s family accepted the excellence award on his behalf at a commission meeting in Concord in April, 2014.