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Tour the Leadville National Fish Hatchery

September 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Greenback cutthroat trout; courtesy USFWS

GARNA has arranged for a special tour and presentation at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. The Leadville National Fish Hatchery was established in 1889 and is the second oldest federally operated fish hatchery operating today. The hatchery’s subalpine forest surroundings, with its cold, clean water supply provide the ideal location for trout production. Leadville National Fish Hatchery currently rears Snake River cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and greenback cutthroat trout to fill needs throughout Colorado.

Ed Stege, Project Manager, will conduct a special tour of the facility. Ed will discuss aquatic habitat changes from natural (drought, flood, habitat destruction) or human influences (over-harvest, pollution, habitat loss due to development and dam construction), and how these changes impact the natural production of fish. Fish stocking is one of the many management strategies used by biologists to help replenish the populations for years to come.

The group will learn more about how the Hatchery has combated whirling disease and about how one of the most endangered amphibian species in North America, the Wyoming toad, is being raised at the Hatchery.

The Leadville National Fish Hatchery is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). FWS 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. FWS manages 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.

This program is free for GARNA members. Non-members, please consider joining GARNA to support this and other valuable programs.

To register, please email the office. More information will be provided to registered participants.



September 8, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Leadville Fish Hatchery
Leadville, CO United States



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Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.