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Groundbreaking for Great River Road Interpretive Center Slated for August 21st

Region 3, August 9, 2013
Conceptual design of the new interpretive center at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Genoa, Wisconsin.
Conceptual design of the new interpretive center at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Genoa, Wisconsin. - Photo Credit: n/a

Preparations at Genoa National Fish Hatchery are escalating for an August 21st groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of the new Great River Road Interpretive Center. The center, which is partially funded by a grant from the National Scenic Byways Program, will host exhibits that focus on the intrinsic value of the Upper Mississippi River region, its flora and fauna, and the unique history of the area. It will also feature the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the region, including the hatchery's ongoing aquatic species conservation programs.

One unique feature of the region included in the new interpetive center will be the battle of Bad Axe, which was the last conflict between U.S. troops and Native Americans east of the Mississippi River. Congressman Ron Kind of Wisconsin's 3rd district has actively supported the project, and will be giving the keynote address. Other speakers for the day include Jane Corolla, Wisconsin's representative for the National Scenic Byways Program, and Orvina Gregory of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma.

Site preparation will commence this fall with construction of the building, planned for completion in 2014. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on the actual construction site of the center, located on the east side of Highway 35. Many thanks go to all of our friends that helped make this moment possible.

Contact Info: Doug Aloisi, 608-689-2605, Doug_Aloisi@fws.gov