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Team Natureza Brings Community Out to Fish in Central Washington

Service staff join other federal, state, and non-profit Team Naturaleza partners to promote fishing opportunities for Latino families
Leavenworth Fisheries Complex Information, Education, and Visitor Services Manager Julia Pinnix shares information about local fishing opportunities and techniques.
Image: Becky Bennett/WDFW
"I just photographed a three-year-old who caught her first fish. That's it--that's the reason we're here," said Becky Bennett, Community Outreach Liaison for the Enforcement branch of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW).
Becky is a member of Team Naturaleza, a group with members from multiple agencies and organizations, including Leavenworth Fisheries Complex (Complex). The Team put together a Free Fishing Day event on June 10--during National Fishing and Boating Week--at Beehive Reservoir in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.


The Complex provided much of the equipment needed for the event, as well as volunteers. Trout Unlimited volunteers were well-represented, along with employees and volunteers from additional organizations. The event was intended to encourage residents of the Wenatchee area to come try fishing for the first time, and was advertised to especially target Latino families. Despite the cold, windy weather, approximately 250 people attended.


Members of Team Naturaleza, a multi-partner collaboration to connect area Latino families with the outdoors, teach young anglers casting techniques. Image: Becky Bennett/WDFW

135 free backpacks were given out to children. The Complex provided children's fishing poles as prizes, and a local store that sells fishing supplies gave out gift cards. A local radio station covered the event. Winthrop National Fish Hatchery provided loaner fishing poles.


"This was the first time a lot of people tried fishing, both kids and adults," said Julia Pinnix, Visitor Services Manager for the Complex. "It was really cold! But people caught fish anyway and had fun."


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Last Updated: August 24, 2018
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