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A YCC student loads fish into a net for weighing.
Information icon Mila and Brandon helped load trout on to state distribution trucks. Photo by Andrew Currie, USFWS.

Local students work at Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery

Clay County, Tennessee, residents Brandon Boles and Mila McCullough spent this summer working at the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery as Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) enrollees.

A YCC student scrapes grass away from the outter raceway wall.
Mila scrapes raceway walls. Photo by Andrew Currie, USFWS

The two helped the hatchery staff with feeding fish, collecting and counting dead fish, cleaning tanks and raceways, moving fish around the hatchery, distributing fish to local waters, performing janitorial work, maintaining the public fishing area, and doing general grounds maintenance. They also had the opportunity to help with the annual fish health inspection. The extra help provided by the YCC enrollees was greatly appreciated by the hatchery staff members.

A YCC student standing in a raceway for raising trout pressure washes the inner wall.
Brandon pressure washes outdoor raceways. Photo by Andrew Currie, USFWS

One of the highlights of this year’s program was that the enrollees got a chance to tour Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Jamestown, Kentucky, and they spent time in its visitor/environmental education center.

The three objectives of the YCC program are to accomplish needed conservation work on public lands, provide gainful summer employment to youth for about eight weeks, and develop an understanding and appreciation in participating youth of the nation’s natural environment and heritage.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who can make it happen, visit Connect with the Service on Facebook, follow our tweets, watch the YouTube Channel and download photos from Flickr.

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