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Hatchery Creek to be dedicated on Friday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2016) — The new Hatchery Creek below the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and Lake Cumberland in Russell County will be dedicated on Friday at 2 p.m.

The new stream winds through woods and wetlands for more than 6,000 feet. It flows 18 million gallons of water daily, occasionally splitting into multiple channels. It includes a variety of stream flow velocities, depths, habitat types and temperature gradients that benefit aquatic life, especially trout. The streams will interest all fish and wildlife enthusiasts. Wetlands and riparian habitats attract a wide variety of wildlife.

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National Volunteer Week

It's National Volunteer Week! It would be misleading to say that what our 3000+ volunteers do for Fish and Aquatic Conservation is immeasurable. It's very measurable—they contributed more than 122,000 hours of service nationwide last year at many of our National Fish Hatcheries and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices. Those hours are equivalent to 59 full time employees and a value of right at $2,900,000 to our programs.‪‬ ‪#‎NationalVolunteerWeek‬

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"Monster" Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Swimming One Step Closer to Native Spawning Home

Roy Hicks, FWS tractor operator, holds a large spawning - age Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout at the Marble Bluff Fish Passage Facility near Pyramid Lake.
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FWS employee holding a large spawning age Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout at the Marble Bluff Fish Passage Facility near Pyramid

A welcomed increase in precipitation throughout the drought-weary Sierra Nevada range this spring combined with a growing understanding of the reproductive habits of one of the most unique species of inland trout to ever be brought back from the brink of extinction has both anglers and biologists alike very enthusiastic.

Improved water flows in the Truckee River between Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake are enabling the migrating Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) to travel farther upstream to spawn in their native habitat than the fish have been able to do on their own in nearly a century.

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Landmark Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Gets its “Hands On the Land”, Receives National Recognition

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Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, WA,  became the first federal hatchery in the country to sign on as an outdoor education site through Hands on the Land (HOL). HOL is a national network of field classrooms and agency resources to connect people with public lands and waterways. The hatchery was also awarded a grant to support a new education program, the Archeology of Fishing, for an on-site high school.

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Vamos A Pescar

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As part of the USFWS -Southeast Region Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program commitment to engage the Hispanic community and the next generation of anglers, the Welaka National Fish Hatchery, with the assistance from the Peninsular Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, stocked 3024 fish at Tropical Park in Miami, for the April 3rd Vamos a Pescar (Let's Go Fishing) event.

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Last updated: April 28, 2016