NEWS RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
Hatchery won't close Oct. 1, but remains on USFWS closure list
SPEARFISH, SD 9/5/2013 - The D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives today learned it has been given a reprieve from immediate closure Oct. 1. The hatchery still could be shut down as early as Nov. 1, 2013.
Booth Society, Inc., the nonprofit fisheries friends group who has been spearheading advocacy efforts to keep D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives open received word from FWS staff this morning that D.C. Booth Historic NFH will not be closing Oct. 1, 2013. The FWS would not commit to a date for further information on when hatcheries would or would not be permanently shut down.
However, D.C. Booth and other FWS hatcheries nationwide, are not yet in the clear to continue operations. The Booth Society and all of the citizens who have written letters, made calls and contacted their elected delegates have succeeded in winning more time to advocate for D.C. Booth and FWS hatcheries nationwide to remain open.
Local staff were informed by the regional FWS office in Denver this morning that hatcheries in the National Fish Hatchery system will be undergoing further review in Fiscal Year 2014, which runs from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014.
The Booth Society and other fisheries friends groups nationwide will continue advocacy efforts to keep hatcheries open and operated under the continued operations of the FWS. Community members and visitors should continue writing letters of support and contacting their elected delegates on this issue.
The most important thing you can do to help the Hatchery is send a letter of support for the Hatchery to your S.D. Congressional delegates, to the USFWS and to Gov. Daugaard. To expedite the process, we have included letters below. Just click on the link, print, sign and mail.
Ask your co-workers, friends, neighbors, family and associates to send a letter or call their senators and representatives today!
Contact the USFWS, S.D. Congressional Delegation and the SD Governor.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service intends to close D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery effective Oct. 1, 2013. Oct. 1, 2013 is not far away. We need YOUR help to keep this educational attraction and cultural treasure OPEN.
WRITE, VISIT or CALL your representatives TODAY. You may also email them through their website. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A RESIDENT OF SOUTH DAKOTA TO WRITE TO SD DELEGATES. YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO WRITE TO YOUR STATE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT THIS CLOSURE AND THE CLOSURE OF OTHER FISHERIES AND HATCHERIES NATIONWIDE.
To expedite your effort to write to SD Congressional Delegates, the SD Governor or the USFWS, we have provided letters below. Just click on the link under each person's address (below). If you choose to write your own letters, we have provided infomation on how to address them.
We've added two new letters for you to send to US Fish and Wildlife personnel, including Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewel. Please send letters to them as well. The letters are included here.
The Honorable Sally Jewell
U.S. Dept. of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
AD-Fisheries & Aquatic Conservation
1849C St. NW, Room 3331
Washington, DC 20240-0001
Senator John Thune
1313 West Main Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 348-7551
Senator Tim Johnson
405 E. Omaha St., Suite B.
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 341-3990
Representative Kristi Noem
343 Quincy Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 791-4673
Governor Dennis Daugaard
Office of the Governor
500 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3212
Dan Ashe, Director USFWS
1849 C ST NW
Room 3331 Washington
District of Columbia 20240-0001
Phone: 202 208-4717
Noreen Walsh, Regional Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
-Address letter in following form: The Honorable [Member Name]
[U.S. House of Representatives or United States Senate]
-Salutation: Dear Senator OR Representative [insert last name]
Usethe following sample text as the basis for your letter. Or write one from scratch. The more you customize, the better. Legislators value original letters more than form letters.
Sincerely/Yours truly/or your favored choice of words,
*Your address (Address is very important. It enables the legislator to identify you as a real constituent.)
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,S.D. Congressional Delegation: Save Our Hatchery from Closure in Spearfish, SD D.C. BOOTH FISH HATCHERY
(August 20, 2013—SPEARFISH, S.D.) D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery (NFH) has been a landmark in Spearfish since 1896. D.C. Booth Historic NFH currently propagates trout for the Black Hills through a cooperative effort with the State of South Dakota; serves as a American fisheries archive to protect and preserve fisheries records and artifacts for educational, research, and historic purposes; provides interpretive and educational programs for the public; and is a cultural treasure located on the National Historic Register.
For numerous years the National Fish Hatchery System, a branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has struggled with declining funding and annual increases in the costs of doing business (utilities, fuel costs, supplies, etc.). The actual impacts are even greater when you take into account the significant budget challenges resulting from across the board cuts mandated by sequestration.
In addition to these ongoing financial issues, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Directorate in Washington D.C. have emphasized and prioritized other programs over those of the National Fisheries Program. As a result, the agency has made the decision to permanently shut down multiple fish hatcheries nationwide, including the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. This closure is expected to be effective October 1, 2013.
The Booth Society, Inc., the citizen-based nonprofit friends group of D.C. Booth NFH, has committed itself to advocating for keeping D.C. Booth Historic NFH open as a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hatchery, as it is today.
The Booth Society is against wasteful spending and supports a fiscally sound government. However, the national fisheries program and a facility like D.C. Booth are excellent examples of good government spending. They provide an economic impact that the public should be proud of. For example a 2011 economic impact study indicates that:
• Each taxpayer dollar budgeted for the National Fisheries Program generates $28 in economic returns ($28 : $1). The revenue generated can be seen at sporting goods stores, marinas, boat dealerships, guides and outfitter services, bait shops, gas stations, restaurants, and hotels.
• 68,000 American jobs are attributable to the economic contribution of the National Fisheries Program.
• The National Fisheries Program contributes $3.6 billion in annual contributions to the U.S. economy. That equates to $70 million a week or $10 million a day. In fact, a company with $3.6 billion in annual profits would rank No. 41 on the Fortune 500 List of America’s Most Profitable Corporations – behind Verizon but in front of Kraft Foods.
• $903 million in industrial output results from angling for fish originating in National Fish Hatcheries.
On the local level, a 2007 economic impact study on D.C. Booth Historic NFH conducted by Black Hills State University revealed:
• The operations at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery results in $2.1 million dollars in annual business revenues.
• An estimated $1 million is spent by nonresident visitors in Spearfish each year who attributed their visit ONLY to the existence of the hatchery.
• $141,393 in local and state tax and fee revenues are collected indirectly from the visitation at D.C. Booth.
• Nearly 30 jobs are created locally as a result of the operations at D.C. Booth.
• Over 14,000 volunteer hours are donated annually to D.C. Booth. This is equivalent to seven full-time employees.
To learn more about the economic impact of the Hatchery on the Spearfish economy, go to http://dcboothfishhatchery.org/pdfs/Published_article_about_economic_impact_of_study.pdf
To learn more about the impact of fisheries on the U.S. economy, go to: http://dcboothfishhatchery.org/pdfs/Fisheries_Economic_Value_2011.pdf
This message is through the Booth Society, Inc., the official nonprofit friends group of D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery. Its content does not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
More than 1,000 people have stopped by the Hatchery to sign letters that will be sent to Senators Thune and Johnson, Representative Noem and the USFWS. More are calling and stopping by daily to see what they can do to help. Additionally, letters are pouring in from the Eastern part of South Dakota and other states.
Excerpt from an email sent to more than 200 people by Daniel Brosz, Vice President of The Association of SD Museums and curator of the State Historical Society; and Sonja Johnson, President of the SD Museums Association and Curator of Collections, South Dakota National Guard Museum:
"The D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery began operations in 1896 to stock the Black Hills with trout. The Booth received a new charge in the mid-1980s to preserve and interpret the history and cultural heritage of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This institution is an important part of South Dakota's history in addition to filling a national mandate preserving USFW history. To date, the Hatchery Archive is home to 175,000 items in the archives - everything from historic fisheries boats and railcars to microchips used for tracking fish. The beautiful site is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are in danger of losing this great treasure that over 150,000 people visit every year. That is a lot of people! These visitors contribute to both the local Spearfish and state economy."
South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem visited the Hatchery and held a Town Hall Meeting on Friday, Aug. 23. Kristi said she will contact the head of the Fish and Wildlife Service!
Tim, a Hatchery Helper in 2013, and Jane Doerges and their mother Heather talked with Kristi at the Town Hall Meeting. Watch the video on our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/dcboothfishhatchery
This message is through the Booth Society, Inc., the official nonprofit friends group of D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery. Its content does not reflect the official views of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.