BY CURT FRIEZ, PENDILLS-SULLIVAN CREEK NFH
The Friends of Pendills Creek Hatchery (FCPH) continue to be a loyal, trusted group of dedicated volunteers in support of the Pendills Creek/Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) complex since 2004. The Friends Group has accomplished many activities and enhancements for the Hatchery Complex. The list is long but several highlights come to mind and included in this list is their dedication to making the public access site more user friendly to the visiting public. This includes the accessible foot bridge and boardwalk from the parking area to Lake Superior. They have also enhanced the site with a picnic pavilion, picnic tables, pedestal grill and trash receptacle. The site is heavily used throughout the year and remains a very popular destination for both locals and visitors.FPCH recently donated to the hatchery. This time, their donation is in the form of a needed piece of equipment for the hatchery’s new pickup, which is a cap. The cap will enclose the bed of the pickup protecting the very valuable cargo that will be shipped later each fall to sister Federal hatcheries. That’s right; you probably guessed the cargo, lake trout eggs from the Sullivan Creek NFH. Millions of eggs will be transported in the back of this pickup to these other facilities to complete the egg incubation process and hatch out and then provide another year’s worth of production fish for Lake Trout restoration activities. This movement of eggs is a mission critical activity occurring in the middle of winter; the eggs are boxed up in specialized Styrofoam shipping containers especially made for fish eggs. The precious cargo cannot freeze, and must remain viable while in shipment. The Friends group stepped up to assist the hatchery by purchasing this topper for Pendills Creek NFH. Once again showing their resolve and support for the hatchery complex and its mission. FPCH realizes the true value in supporting the activities of the hatchery complex and the US Fish and Wildlife Service deeply appreciates the donation by FPCH. Heartfelt thanks go out to all the members of FPCH for this fine donation. This partnership with our Friends Group enhances both partners in a variety of ways and sometimes it’s extremely hard to put some sort of value on these benefits especially, when it comes to natural resources and the full potential they can represent over time.