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COLEMAN NFH: Friends of Coleman NFH are now Action Heroes!
California-Nevada Offices , October 1, 2011
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Photo 1. There to accept the award were (from left to right) Scott Hamelberg (Coleman NFH Project Leader), Don Wurz (Friends Group Member), Barry McDonnell (Friends Group Member) , Jack Blanke, (Friends Group President), Sol Goetting (Friends Group Member) and Sue Horkey (Friends Group Member) .
Photo 1. There to accept the award were (from left to right) Scott Hamelberg (Coleman NFH Project Leader), Don Wurz (Friends Group Member), Barry McDonnell (Friends Group Member) , Jack Blanke, (Friends Group President), Sol Goetting (Friends Group Member) and Sue Horkey (Friends Group Member) . - Photo Credit: USFWS Terry Freije

By Brett Galyean, Coleman NFH

The Friends of Coleman National Fish Hatchery (NFH), won the Healthy Shasta 2011 Action Hero Award for their hard work and dedication creating the Battle Creek Salmon Trail.

Healthy Shasta is a local partnership that promotes healthy and active living among north state residents. Specific areas that Healthy Shasta focuses on are: healthy schools, food systems, walking/biking, healthy communities, and Walk the Talk (encouraging environmental, policy, and organizational changes that support healthy, active lifestyles). Each year Healthy Shasta recognizes up to four Action Heroes in the local community. An Action Hero can be any individual, organization, youth, business, or group located in Shasta County who go the extra mile to help citizens incorporate physical activity into their daily routine. The Friends Group was nominated for the award by an employee from the Coleman NFH. A selection committee from Healthy Shasta selected the Friends of Coleman NFH as one of the four winning entries. The award was presented to the Friends group on October 1, 2011, at the “Walk This Way” event held at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA.

The Battle Creek Salmon Trail trail opened on September 30, 2010, and connects Coleman NFH; managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), with the Battle Creek Wildlife Area; managed by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). The trail was created by both agencies, with assistance from the Friends of Coleman NFH, to provide children with opportunities to connect with nature during their traditional class tours of the hatchery. The trail route passes wetland ponds, provides views of the creek, and an up close look at the riparian plants. During the fall Chinook salmon migration season, October through November, there is potential of seeing salmon in the creek. Along the trail there are markers and signs identifying plants, trees, and other points of interest.

During the summer of 2008, the Friends of Coleman NFH was created with three founding members: Jack Blanke, elected Chair; Dan LaBorie, Organization Lead; and Jerry Giardino, Secretary. The Coleman NFH Friends Group's mission is “To promote a better understanding of the Coleman NFH Complex and the surrounding area." In January of 2010, the Coleman NFH Friend’s Group joined the Friends of Northwest Hatcheries. Friends of Northwest Hatcheries (FNW) is a non-profit 501(C3) volunteer organization, whose mission is to support natural resource stewardship and education, in cooperation with Service hatcheries of the Northwest. FNW is also associated with the Leavenworth, Entiat, Spring Creek, Carson, and Winthrop National Fish Hatcheries in Washington State; as well as the Dworshak, Kooskia, and Hagerman National Fish Hatcheries in Idaho.

Through outreach programs, workshops, and seminars, FNW works to increase awareness of the relationships between people and the environment. By joining the larger Friend’s group, the Friends of Coleman NFH was able to develop and receive assistance, experience, and education from the already established groups. Spring 2011, the Friends of Coleman NFH became their own independent non-profit organization, with a membership of 12.

Coleman NFH is located in Anderson, CA on Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River. The hatchery is open for self-guided tours seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to dusk. During October and November, guided tours are available for groups on spawning days: Tuesday and Thursdays. For more information, or to schedule a tour please contact the hatchery at (530) 365-8622.


Contact Info: Brett Galyean, 530-365-8622, brett_galyean@fws.gov



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