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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sacremento Bee – Northern California’s drought is affecting salmon release from Coleman National Fish Hatchery.… Read More
…concerning diminution of funds for the Hatchery System.… Read More
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
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