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Hatchery lures volunteers

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sara Seagraves, education and outreach biologist at Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery, cleans a tank at the hatchery July 28, one of many tasks that could be done by volunteers. Photo by Linda Greer
With construction started on an Aquatic Conservation and Education Center at Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery, local efforts are under way to form a friends group to help run the gift shop, clean the 4,000-square-foot facility and raise money to support it.

Manager Richard Shelton, assistant manager Dwayne French, education and outreach biologist Sara Seagraves, aquatic exhibit designer Greg Morrow and Judy Toppins, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional outreach coordinator - fisheries, of the service's Atlanta, Ga., office, held a community meeting July 26 to gauge interest in forming a friends group for the Mammoth Spring hatchery.

Although only a handful of residents attended the meeting at Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring, they cast a net among others who may by interested in such a venture.

Shelton said the $3.8 million education center was designed around the concept of being assisted by volunteer labor.

The hatchery is seeking old photos and artifacts that residents may have of the hatchery, which was built in 1903.

Seagraves said the hatchery hopes to display the items in the new center, which is expected to draw visitors from around the country.

Anyone interested in forming a friends group is encouraged to attend a meeting July 27.

A time and place will be announced later.

For more on the fish hatchery construction project and volunteer efforts, see next week's South Missourian News.

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