CONCORD – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department recently announced the selection of Mark Ellingwood as the new Wildlife Division Chief.
In this role, Ellingwood will have broad oversight over Fish and Game’s wildlife programs, which include nongame and endangered species, game management and wildlife habitat programs.
“I am pleased to have Mark Ellingwood on board as the new Chief of the Wildlife Division. He has had a long and diverse career and will continue to serve the state well,” said Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau.
Ellingwood has worked in Fish and Game’s Wildlife Division for 18 years, including service as a regional wildlife supervisor. For the past 13 years, he has served as the Wildlife Programs Administrator, where he has overseen the Department’s game management and research programs.
“I’m humbled by this opportunity to serve the people and wildlife of New Hampshire,” Ellingwood said. “I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to convey to the public the great work that Fish and Game does on behalf of all our citizenry. Whether you’re a kayaker, a hiker, a fly fisherman, a striped bass angler, a bird watcher, a deer hunter, a dragonfly buff, or an outdoor enthusiast of any kind, Fish and Game is actively working on your behalf to protect the wildlife and habitat resources that make New Hampshire a special place to live, work, play and to raise our children.I’m delighted to be a part of such a great organization.”
Ellingwood holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in Wildlife Management from West Virginia University.
Prior to working for N.H. Fish and Game, Ellingwood served for nine years as a deer biologist and project leader for the Connecticut Wildlife Bureau, and five years as a deer research associate with the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York state.
Ellingwood has been an active member of The Wildlife Society since 1980. His accomplishments have been honored by the Northeast Wildlife Administrators, which recognized him with the William T. Hesselton Memorial Award in 2002 for his outstanding efforts to further the principles of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program.
He also was named the Wildlife Biologist of the Year in 1992 by the New England Chapter of The Wildlife Society for his work with white-tailed deer.
Ellingwood and his wife Susan live in Hancock, where they raised their three children.