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Friends make improvements to hatchery's visitor services
Midwest Region, October 23, 2020
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The new poly guard in  the bookstore.
The new poly guard in the bookstore. - Photo Credit: Photo by USFWS.
The new poly guard at front desk.
The new poly guard at front desk. - Photo Credit: Photo by USFWS.
The new kiosk at Genoa National Fish Hatchery.
The new kiosk at Genoa National Fish Hatchery. - Photo Credit: Photo by USFWS.

It has been quite a challenge to provide an environmental education experience while visiting the hatchery during the current pandemic, let alone make improvements to visitor services. The station's culture buildings and visitor center have been closed to the public. However, the Friends of the Upper Miss, the hatchery's grass roots support agency, has taken on the challenge to make improvements to the hatchery's visitor center and gift shop. These modifications are to improve visitor and staff safety once we are able to open up the buildings to visitors again. These include building attractive and functional polyethylene guards at the visitor contact stations at the front desk and book store to reduce risk of viral transmission. Hand disinfecting stations were also added for further risk reduction.

Also included in the improvements this fall is adding a new visitor kiosk. The kiosk is located on the outside of the visitors center and is currently available to the public. It contains information put together by our former environmental education specialist Raena Parsons, and the kiosk was built by Friends board members Ken Visger and Ron Walley and the hatchery maintenance staff. It is out in the open air and is hoped that someday soon the hatchery and its facilities will be fully open to everyone.  We are fortunate to have our Friends group, with these diverse talents support our conservation mission.


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