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Ribbon Cutting for New Visitor's Center at Decorah Fish Hatchery Slated for Friday, June 29th
Posted: 06/25/2012
DECORAH – Visitors to the Decorah Fish Hatchery,  home of the of the world- famous Decorah live eagle cam, now have their own place to land, thanks to the Friends of Decorah Fish Hatchery organization.

The Friends group has constructed a 24-by-44 foot education/visitors center complete with new restrooms as the fish hatchery has become a destination from visitors all over the world thanks to the popularity of the live eagle cam.

The education/visitors center, the first of its kind in Iowa to be constructed for the state but entirely with private funds raised by the Friends group, will be dedicated at a ceremony Friday, June 29th with an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting. There will also be a tour as well as some presentations provided at the hatchery at 9 a.m. Both the public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

DNR Director Chuck Gipp, a Decorah native, said Friday will be a day to celebrate a number of accomplishments for the Decorah and northeast Iowa area.

“Certainly completion of this facility entirely through private contributions is a tremendous accomplishment as is the eagle cam brought to us from the Raptor Resource Project. The popularity of the eagle cam throughout the world has created so much appreciation for our national symbol as well as highlighting the importance of wildlife and conservation efforts,” said Gipp.

Gipp said Friday’s festivities also provide the opportunity to highlight other conservation success stories including the successful partnerships with private landowners to improve water quality in northeast Iowa which has resulted in many more trout streams now capable of natural reproduction for trout.

“All of these accomplishments, from a visitor’s center to the eagle cam to better trout fishing contribute to improving the quality of life and appreciation for our natural resources in Iowa,” said Gipp.