We have been getting a lot of requests for "the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass." This convenient pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 sites of incomparable wonder, from Mt. St. Helens and the Grand Canyon to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Red Rocks National Conservation Area. It covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges, as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and national grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation. You can get this pass right here at the Visitors Center.
Best of all, your pass contributes to the ongoing improvement of reaction areas, visitor facilities and Interpretive services. Your fee stays right where it's collected to help enhance and maintain the site.
Annual passes are $80 and good for 12 months. If you are 62 or older, you can purchase a $10 senior pass that is good for a lifetime. Disabled citizens are eligible for a free access pass that has no expiration date. This includes children with permanent disabilities. The pass covers entrance or standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle (up to four passengers). For more information go to www.recreation.gov.
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Hatchery trout will be provided Saturday for the "Celebrate Neosho" kids fishing derby at Hickory Creek in Morse Park.
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Tours/meetings for the week included Joplin Plaza Christian Church and Advocates for Better Choices.
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Long distance visitor of the week is Morgan Fowler from Chandler, Ariz. Local visitor of the week is Anne Cope of Neosho who dropped off a post card of the hatchery from 1945 and a few black and white photographs to be used for display.
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Please note a correction to last week's column reporting 1,500 visitors for the Senior and Disabled Citizens Fishing Day. The count was closer to 300.
Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.