Rotarian with the Program Ben Stevens invited Brett Hortman Project Leader of the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery to speak to the Natchitoches Rotary Club on June 8. The Natchitoches Fish Hatchery was established in 1931 under the federal U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Their purposes are to (1) Recover threatened & endangered species (e.g., in Louisiana it is the freshwater pearlshell mussel found in Grant & Rapides Parishes); (2) Organize recreation on federal land; (3) Restore depleted populations (i.e., paddlefish & alligator snapping turtles); (4) Control non-native species (i.e., the alligator gar); and (5) Conduct Environmental Education.
For more information visit the following website https://www.fws.gov/natchitoches/.
Pictured from left are Stevens, Hartman, and Rotary President Paul Rinehart (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).