Legislative Process

How does a Bill get passed through Congress?

Listed below is the process that typically takes place for a bill to successfully be passed in Congress.… Read More

Community Visibility

There are many ways a Friends Group can engage the community they serve using the goals and objectives listed in the FWS Strategic Plan.… Read More

FWS Strategic Plan Goal 7 – Community Outreach

Goal 7 in the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program: FY 2016-2020 reads as follows: “Educate and Engage the Public and our Partners to Advance our Conservation Mission”. There are three main objectives to accomplish this goal.

The … Read More

Guidelines for Forming a New Friends Group

The following items need to be considered when forming a New Friends Group for a National Fish Hatchery, Tech or Health Center.

o Organize a meeting of interested people as a Founders Group.

o Create a name for your organization. (i.e. – Friends of the Local … Read More

Community Outreach Summary

Understanding the Goals:

A. Educate and Engage the Public and our Partners to Advance our Conservation Mission.

B. Use communication tools to engage and educate the public in the Service’s conservation mission.

C. Conduct hands-on community-based recreation and education programs to engage the public in outdoor … Read More

National Fishing & Hunting Day Grants

The National Hunting and Fishing Day Live It! Grant is a proactive, grass roots program supported by Yamaha to celebrate the hunters and anglers and all they do for conservation.

Through the Live It! Grant, NHF Day will provide grants to deserving organizations to help further … Read More

Guidelines on FWS Strategic Plan

The USFWS recently released its new Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Strategic Plan for FY2016-2020. Below are some links to articles to assist fisheries friends group with understanding and complying with the Strategic Plan. A copy of the Strategic Plan can be reviewed here.

Strategic Plan Goal … Read More

Partner With Us as an NFFP Member

Dear Fisheries Friends,

The new year is well under way and now that the holidays have passed, thoughts of fishing once again come to the forefront. No more pleasant time than that spent with friends and family on the water can be found. Fishing brings to … Read More

Trout in the Classroom

The White River Chapter of Trout Unlimited has five classrooms actively participating in their Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program, with a sixth class to become active in late October. The program is over seen by National TU and their website,www.troutintheclassroom.org, is an excellent … Read More

National Mitigation Fisheries Coordination Act HR 2235

Press Release: Proposed Fix for Funding Hatcheries

Washington, D.C. – Earlier this May, Congressman Rick Crawford introduced legislation to provide a long term and reliable solution for funding mitigation fish hatcheries. Crawford’s 1st District of Arkansas is home to Norfork Lake National Mitigation Hatchery in … Read More

Updates on H.R.2234: National Mitigation Fisheries Coordination Act

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

Rep. Eric “Rick” Crawford [R-AR1] is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and … Read More

Not Just a Butterfly!

This week the US Fish and Wildlife Service has called all hands on deck to address a serious problem concerning the Monarch Butterfly. In recent years, the Monarch population has declined by 90% due to changes in the environment. This tiny, gentle and beautiful creature is … Read More

Friends Visiting Friends

In March of this year, while the snow was still on the ground in Northern Michigan, three of the officers of the Friends of the Jordan River National Fish Hatchery hopped in a car and drove 900 miles to the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Neosho, … Read More

Norfork NFH Reports on Mitigation Hatchery Funding

Mitigation Hatchery Funding is important to our Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation program, to recreational anglers and to environmental habitat health.  Please read and learn how you can help secure long term funding for mitigation hatcheries…… Read More

In Memory of Noreen Clough

On Friday, January 16, 2015, the National Fisheries Friends Partnership and the rest of the fishing world lost a dear friend and advocate. After a short battle with cancer, Noreen Clough, our Secretary and our friend passed away.… Read More

US Fish & Wildlife Service Offers Training for Friends Groups

If you are interested in getting some training, there will be a course offered through the US Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) next spring. They are offering a 17-hour online course entitled:

Reinvigorating Your Friends Partnership (Course Code: FWS-CLM8129)

The class will … Read More

Grants Available for US Fish & Wildlife Service Anniversary Celebrations

The Association of Retired Fish and Wildlife Service Employees (FWS Retirees Association) has limited funds available to assist with major refuge and hatchery anniversary celebrations.

Friends groups of Refuges, Fish Hatcheries and other USFWS facilities may apply for matching grants to support significant celebrations, e.g., 50th, … Read More

Norfork NFH Gears Up For Big Event

The Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery in conjunction with the Norfork National Fish Hatchery are pleased to announce that the fourth annual “Hatchery Outdoor Adventure” will be held Saturday, September 6, at the Norfork National Fish Hatchery from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.… Read More

Senate Appropriations Committee’s Draft Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s draft bill and report for FY2015 may be good news for DC Booth Historical Hatchery and the Federal Hatchery System.… Read More

DC Booth NFH Faces Threat of Closure Again

A House Appropriations Subcommittee bill recently passed proposing $18 million in additional funds for the National Fish Hatchery System specifying “no hatchery closures”. Unfortunately, this may not help the DC Booth Historical Society and the DC Booth National Fish Hatchery to retain the comprehensive archives of … Read More

Friends of Norfork NFH Works to Secure Funding

After accepting the prestigious award for USFWS Region 4 “Friends Group of the Year” in Oct. 2011, Leon Alexander, president of the friends group, undoubtedly rolled up his sleeves and continued on in his quest to secure funding for mitigation hatcheries.… Read More

Aquatic Invasive Species Program provides funding for high priority projects.

Grants Respond to the Spread of Invasive Mussels in the West

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that nearly $600,000 will be awarded to nine projects targeting three of the highest priorities from the Quagga-Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters (QZAP).… Read More

Outdoor enjoyment of natural resources tallied in numbers.

A National Survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of fishing, hunting and wildlife-associated recreation by Americans shows angling one of the most popular outdoor experiences.… Read More

California Drought Affects Salmon

Sacremento Bee – Northern California’s drought is affecting salmon release from Coleman National Fish Hatchery.… Read More

A letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell…

…concerning diminution of funds for the Hatchery System.… Read More

West Virgina Friends Support Freshwater Resources

The Friends of the White Sulphur Springs NFH is dedicated to supporting the White Sulphur Springs NFH (WSSNFH). The hatchery’s located in southeastern West Virginia’s picturesque Greenbrier County. Established in 1900 to produce fish to stock the nations lakes and streams, the hatchery began a new … Read More

Berkshire Hatchery Foundation…a Story of Survival

Catch this link to read about the incredible story of a unique, all volunteer hatchery in Hartsville, MA.… Read More

Norfork National Fish Hatchery…a Hard Fight

Visit this link to see how the Friends of Norfork in Mountain Home, AR, have fought hard to keep mitigation hatcheries in the Southern US regions funded.… Read More

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery…a Success Story

The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery raises and releases 1.6 million Spring Chinook Salmon each year. The smolts have a 500 mile journey to the Pacific ocean, spend 2 to 3 years in the ocean and those that survive make the 500 mile journey back to the … Read More

Into the wild: More hunt, fish

USA Today – Eleven percent more Americans (ages 16 and older) fished and 9% more hunted in 2011 than in 2006, according to a new five-year survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The kids are going, too. Of those ages 6 to 15, 13% … Read More

Success Stories

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