New England BHA – 2024 Annual Planning Meeting


As 2023-24 hunting seasons wind down, New England BHA’s Board is making plans for the upcoming year. During the weekend of January 27th the NEBHA Board held its annual meeting, where we recounted success from last year, and strategized around how the Chapter could more effectively carry out the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Mission within our Region.

Since last year’s planning meeting New England BHA’s Chapter Board welcomed two new Board members – Aaron Townsley & Pat Saunders, both of Massachusetts. Pat & Aaron join Rob Bryan (ME), Ethan Dreissigacker (VT), Alex Gust (CT), John Simoneau (ME, Chapter Secretary), Heather Kusmierz (NH, Chapter Treasurer), Matt Breton (VT, Chapter Board Vice-Chair), and Michael Woods (RI, Chapter Board Chair) to fill out New England BHA’s Chapter Board for the upcoming year.thumbnail.jpg

While New England BHA’s Board is the main governing body for the Chapter, much of BHA’s work in New England is carried out by ‘State Leadership Teams’, who maintain relationships with state fish & wildlife managers, engage on policy issues at state legislatures and agencies, and plan events and on-the-ground stewardship projects. As a multi-state Chapter, New England BHA began organizing ‘State Leadership Teams’ several years ago, and this structure has proven to be both an efficient way to conduct the majority of BHA’s work in the region, and to provide opportunities for those interested in getting involved in conservation efforts to do so. For Chapter-wide efforts like social media & communications and regional policy initiatives New England BHA maintains working groups of volunteers from several states, and also works with BHA’s staff and other Chapters.

BHA Members who are interested in getting more involved in efforts within their state can send the applicable State Leadership Team an email to learn more.

Connecticut – [email protected]

Maine – [email protected]

Massachusetts – [email protected]

New Hampshire – [email protected]

Rhode Island – [email protected]

Vermont – [email protected]

The best way to support BHA’s work in New England, and across North America, is to become a member. Not only will this get you entered for deals & giveaways, but it also comes with a subscription to BHA’s quarterly magazine, Backcountry Journal and signs you up for Chapter emails about events, projects and policy issues in your area.

About Brian Bird

Chapter Coordinator NY, NJ, New England

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