Newsroom Midwest Region

April 5, 2010

Karla Bartelt, 612-713-5365
Ashley Spratt, 612-713 5314

Alpena FWCO Ribbon Cutting and Open House to be held April 9

The Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) in Michigan will open its new facility to the public and media on Friday, April 9, for a ribbon cutting and open house event with Interior Department, congressional, and Fish and Wildlife Service officials. Invited guests include Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI-1), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Director Rowan Gould.

WHO:             Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
WHAT:           Ribbon Cutting, Open House, Stocking Presentation and Tour of M/V Spencer F. Baird
9:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
10:30 a.m. Tour of Facilities and M/V Spencer F.  Baird
11:15 a.m. Stocking Presentation
WHEN:           April 9, 2010
WHERE:         480 West Fletcher St., Alpena, Michigan ph: (989) 356-5102  (adjacent to the NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary)

The Alpena FWCO is responsible for native species and aquatic habitat restoration, invasive species control and other fishery conservation activities in Lake Huron, western Lake Erie and connecting waterways - the St. Marys River, Detroit River, St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair. The M/V Spencer F. Baird is the Service’s largest vessel and assists Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in stocking hatchery-raised lake trout into the Great Lakes. Events planned for the Baird are weather dependent.

For additional event information, contact Scott Koproski at 989-356-3052 ext. 1023 or

For more information about the Service’s Fisheries program, visit For more information about the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, visit

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