Mr. Bridges is a certified wildlife biologist with a BS degree in zoology and a MS degree in wildlife ecology. He worked for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for almost 25 years, first as the state lands habitat biologist, then as chief of the inland fisheries and wildlife division, and finally as the administrator of the wildlife habitat and diversity programs. Prior to this he spent a few years as the wildlife habitat specialist for Cooperative Extension at the University of New Hampshire. While with NH Fish and Game, he represented the Department on the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program Board, the Current Use Board, the Forest Legacy Committee, the Forest Advisory Board, the Forest Stewardship Committee, the NRCS State Technical Committee, and the administrative committee of the State Cooperative Land Management Program, among other committees and responsibilities.
Currently, in addition to the The Trust for Public Land's New Hampshire Advisory Board, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, and on the land protection and stewardship committee of the Moose Mountain Regional Greenways. Prior to his career as a wildlife biologist, he also worked as a high school teacher, an environmental regulator, and a custom cabinet maker. He is married with two adult daughters, a son-in-law and a grandson born in August of 2013. Charles enjoys fly fishing, kayaking, bird hunting, woodworking, and just being active in the woods, waters and mountains of northern New England.