Merry “Fishmas”: The Leadville Fish Hatchery Lives!
By Judy Cole, Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery
The fish hatchery lives! It is funded through September of 2015. Hatchery manager/project leader, Ed Stege, has been given permission by the Fish and Wildlife Service to hire a technician and a maintenance person, and Ed is starting on some new projects. So, we are more than hopeful that our jewel of the upper Arkansas River Valley will continue to provide residents and visitors with opportunities for recreation, quiet use and education.
We had about 300 people in attendance for the 125th anniversary celebration, and it was a wonderful day. The hatchery reverberated with the sounds of children and adults enjoying themselves. The Pavilion was full to capacity with people eating the delicious meal provided by the Lions Club. Dancing to the sounds of Leadville Cherokee in the evening, with the city of Leadville beginning to light in the distance, was a really sweet experience.
FLFNH also co-sponsored the celebration for Wilderness Act, organized by our own Michelle Mueggler, Recreation Planner for the Leadville Ranger District. The weather held for this event, too, and it was a great day of wilderness related activities at the picnic ground.
Now that The Pavilion and our celebrations of the hatchery’s 125th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act are complete, we are beginning to list new ideas on which to work. Some of these include trail maintenance, hosting a Business After Hours and holding community picnics and scheduled tours at the hatchery. So, stay tuned for future events and plan to get involved.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, please contact Judy Cole firstname.lastname@example.org or keep up to date on their activities by logging on to their website.