‘Northwoods Law: New Hampshire’ Highlights Work of the Department
If you don’t typically watch reality TV, you may want to consider making an exception next year. That’s when “Northwoods Law: New Hampshire,” which features Fish and Game employees, will begin airing on Animal Planet.
Earlier this month, the producers gave the public its first look at the show, which is expected to begin airing in 2017 (the launch date has yet to be announced). The show, as the sneak preview shows, heavily features the law enforcement side of Fish and Game, but the department has incorporated its wildlife projects as well. While the law enforcement angle makes for dramatic TV, it doesn’t provide a complete picture of everything the department does.
“I deal with species that don’t get a lot of press, so I was looking to provide some positive information about them,” said Mike Marchand, a biologist and Chapter 47 member who works in the Nongame and Endangered Species Program.
Marchand said he filmed for five days, showing some of the work that he does every day.
“I did a day on a peregrine falcon banding, a day on a bald eagle release, and a day on a timber rattlesnake release,” Marchand said. “We did a surgery to implant a tracker, so that should be exciting for people. And we did a couple of days on our turtle projects.”
Fish and Game protects our state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. A part of the work the department does is educational, to encourage residents and visitors alike to get out and enjoy our natural resources. The department does this while being largely self-funded.
“Different departments bring in money in different ways, but a lot of it is grant funding,” Marchand said. “We provide a lot of services for the people of New Hampshire, and people probably don’t realize that we’re not fully funded from the state’s general fund.”
That’s what makes the publicity a show such as this provides very important and beneficial for the department, as Col. Kevin Jordan said when the project was announced.
“This program is an exciting opportunity to increase awareness and recognition of the complex duties of Department staff and the positive impact they have on natural resources, tourism and the state’s economy,” said Jordan, Chief of New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement. “The show has a lot of promise for improving community outreach, keeping youth and others involved in outdoor recreational traditions, and boosting interest in careers with Fish and Game.”
The department has the opportunity to review the episodes of the show, so Marchand knows he’s included in at least the first two. He said he’s not expecting to become a celebrity overnight — he’ll be happy if the wildlife he and his colleagues work with get a starring role.
“It’s mostly law enforcement that’s the focus of the show, but the goal is to get more positive stories of the work we do here in New Hampshire,” Marchand said.