Shepherd of the Hills state hatchery manager Clint Hale and staff members from Branson toured and lunched here last Wednesday. We have an important partnership and friendship with this state hatchery. Our production of 100,000 pounds of rainbow trout combined with Shepherd of the Hills hatchery production to supply Lake Taneycomo, generates millions of dollars for the state of Missouri by bringing anglers from all over the country to fish.
Last November, we toured their facility to study their hellbender mitigation and to incorporate a hellbender production of our own in the future. This important networking and support among hatcheries allows for shared ideas and methods to sustain our fish and wildlife programs. Shepherd of the Hills hatchery has a great, "kid friendly" conservation center with many interactive exhibits and aquariums. Situated just below Table Rock Dam, the area has a boat ramp and several fishing access points along Lake Taneycomo, where trout fishing is allowed year-round. Four hiking trails are also available for nature viewing.
Educational Specialist Bruce Hallman is attending a media communications course at our national training facility this week. Rocky Comfort Elementary School third graders, parents and teachers visited our facility and toured last Tuesday. Third grade Roosters from White Rock Elementary in Jane toured Friday. Philanthropic Educational Organization members held their meeting and toured the visitor center Tuesday. Long distance visitor of the week is Daren Waddle from Lancaster, Penn. Local visitors of the week are Daisy and Jeannette Wormington of Neosho.
Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.