The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given a contract of $1,281,000 to Linc Government Services, LLC through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
Linc is the contractor of the planned Visitor and Environmental Education Center at the hatchery. The new funds will allow the addition of an environmental education classroom, retail sales space, additional office space, interpretive exhibits and outdoor features like a display pond and viewing areas according to the plans for the project.
"This new state-of-the-art center will be something that the community can be proud of, a place where people, and especially children, can connect with nature and learn about conservation and environmental issues," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. "In addition, it will provide a boost to the local economy, creating new jobs with stimulus funds."
This new contract with Linc will coordinate with a previous contract of $1.2 million through a Congressional appropriation in 2005 for the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery project.
"We're excited," Hatchery Manager, Richard Shelton, said. "We've been promoting the idea of an environmental education center at Mammoth Spring for years, and we are finally about to make it a reality."