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Letters to the Editor

August 20, 2009

Letters to the editor: August 20, 2009

Thank you, Mike Kappler

To the Editor:

On the Lamprey River Watershed Committee, they call him “Magic Mike.” In Raymond, he’s known as one of those “Super Volunteers” who never seems to sleep, especially when it comes to river conservation issues. One thing for sure: we may not always agree with State Representative Kappler’s political views, but we always know exactly where he stands. We also know a lot about what happens in Concord and in Raymond thanks to Mike’s column in the Carriage Towne News.

Mike became interested in conservation as a Boy Scout, inspired by two great leaders: the internationally famous wildlife photographer and writer Leonard Lee Rue III, who taught him about wildlife, hiking and camping, and (then) New Jersey Game Warden Ed Meshack with whom he hunted and fished.

A Life Scout himself, during his US Navy years (as an intelligence officer), Mike served the Boy Scouts from Yokohama, Japan to Imperial Beach, CA to Portsmouth, VA where he worked with a troop for needy children. “Two of my best experiences were attending the BSA Valley Forge National Jamboree in 1950, and a six week train tour of the USA that ended at the BSA Irvine Ranch National Jamboree in 1953 in California,” Mike says. In Raymond Mike helps lead Raymond Pack 100.

Serving his second term as NH State Representative and as a member of the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee, Mike saw nine of his bills for conservation and two for veterans pass into law this term. He sponsored bills relative to water treatment plants; penalties for safe drinking water, oil spill, and water pollution violations; the rivers management program and its coordinator; and enforcement of publicly owned land restrictions. Thank to Mike’s leadership, the Cocheco River is now protected. Thanks to his support as co-sponsor, towns now have the option of accepting in lieu payments for the restoration /creation of wetlands, and the option of adopting Fluvial Erosion Hazard ordinances to protect riverbanks.

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