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June 26, 2001

Contacts: Bill Krise 406-587-9265
Ron Zitzow 406-587-9265
Mike Smith 303-236-7905

Pioneer Family Donates Key Private Property,
Protects Water Supply for Fish R&D

In recognition of a recent fee title donation of over 40 acres of mountain land adjacent to the Bozeman Fish Technology Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife today dedicated the site and honored the White/Cannon family for its contribution to the protection and enhancement of America’s aquatic wildlife resources.

The ceremony was held at the Fish Technology Center, against the backdrop of Drinking Horse Mountain where the donated tract is located. Mr. J.J. White was presented with a dedication plaque by John Blankenship, Deputy Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s eight-state Mountain-Prairie Region. The plaque represents a duplicate marker which will be installed by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust at the trailhead of a hiking route on the mountain..

A warm water spring on Center property at the base of the moutain is critical to aquatic research and development at the Fish Technology Center. The quality of the water supply will now be assured for the future. The Center uses the water for a wide range of scientific projects benefitting hatcheries and other fisheries resources both within and outside of the Mountain-Prairie Region.

For example, studies conducted by the Fish Technology Center support recovery of threatened and endangered fish and those of special concern, such as bull trout, razorback suckers, shovelnose sturgeon, and pallid sturgeon. The Center also maintains a broodstock of fluvial populations of arctic grayling.

The spring water is also important for conducting drug efficacy studies and target animal safety studies as part of the Center’s work to test drugs for disease control of fish raised in federal, state, and private hatcheries.

"This generous donation, which will help keep Drinking Horse Mountain pristine, will ensure water quality for important research work benefitting fisheries resources for generations to come," said Ralph Morgenweck, Regional Director of the Mountain-Prairie Region. "An added benefit to the community and Gallatin County will be to maintain open space and wildlife habitat in the immediate area."

Protection of the warm springs offers the additional benefit of preserving the habitat of two rare species of riffle beetles found no where else on Earth. One of the species is considered a candidate for possible listing as threatened or endangered and has been studied by Montana State University and the Biological Research Division of the U.S. Geological Survey.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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