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For Ricky Campbell, Hunting and Fishing is All About Family

Ricky Campbell: “I don't guess I grew up around anyone who did not hunt and fish.”
photo of Ricky Campbell Hatchery Manager at Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery

Ricky Campbell is the Hatchery Manager at Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Tupelo, Mississippi. The hatchery has 15 ponds and raises about 5 million fish every year, including Gulf Coast walleye, paddlefish, alligator gar, lake sturgeon, striped and largemouth bass, and bluegill. Private John Allen NFH also raises a variety of fish specifically to host the parasitic stage of mussels.

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Indigenous Youth Help USFWS Restore Fish Passage on Cochiti Pueblo

Melanie Dabovich, USFWS

TYCC member Xavier Lovato helps NMFWCO staff member Jason Davis position large rocks in order to stabilize the bank of the lower Santa Fe River as part of a Fish Passage project on New Mexico’s Cochiti Pueblo.
Photo Credit: USFWS
Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Ask a group of teenagers their idea of fun and you might get answers like hanging out with friends, dodging opponents during a game of laser tag or playing their favorite video games. But for a group of Native American youth from several of New Mexico’s pueblos, fun meant working outside on a warm, sunny day hauling tons of rock with other tribal youth, community volunteers and staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to restore fish passages along the lower Santa Fe River on Cochiti Pueblo.


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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support of Employees who Serve in the National Guard and Reserve

Judith Gordon receiving the award

Judith Gordon, Center Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was honored Oct. 24 with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of her employee serving in the Navy Reserve. During the ceremony the Above & Beyond Award was presented to Gordon for exceptional support during various U.S. Navy Reserve commitments exceeding 60 days. Also, for Gordon’s assistance in helping the family find a new home and had arranged for a telework from home one day a week.

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A Tribute to the Hard Work of Biologist Heidi Keuler

Service biologist Heidi Keuler is coordinator of the Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Photo Credit: Minnesota DNR
Service biologist Heidi Keuler is coordinator of the Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Photo Credit: Minnesota DNR

The Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin (FFP) is a self-directed group of interested, non-governmental agricultural and conservation organizations, tribal organizations, and state and federal agencies working "to support locally led projects that add value to farms while restoring aquatic habitat and native fish populations." The Fishers & Farmers Partnership is organized and recognized under the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) and brings science and technical expertise to locally directed projects throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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Last updated: January 13, 2015