Bruce Forman, North Central Region, (916) 358-2353 (day of event contact)
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908
Who: Thirty grade-school students from Phoebe Hearst Elementary (Sacramento), Latrobe Elementary (Shingle Springs), Korematsu Elementary (Davis), Patwin Elementary (Davis), California Montessori Project (Shingle Springs) and Deterding (Carmichael) schools.
What: Students will help the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) staff release hatchery raised rainbow trout into the wild.
When: Students will meet Tuesday, June 2 at 8 a.m. at the American River Trout Hatchery in Rancho Cordova to watch CDFW staff load the trout into a truck for transport. Participants will then caravan to the Silver Fork/Kyburz area for a 10:30 a.m. release. The event is expected to conclude by noon.
Where: Media may capture the trout loading at American River Trout Hatchery, 2001 Nimbus Road, Gold River (95670) between 8 and 8:50 a.m., or go directly to Silver Fork Campground area on Silver Fork Rd. Take Hwy 50 past Kyburz to Silver Fork, approx. 30 miles east of Placerville. Take Silver Fork Rd. a few miles up.
CDFW sponsors the trout plant for the Nature Bowl winners as a reward for a job well done. The planting gives them a chance to see fisheries management in action, learn trout biology and inspire some to become environmental scientists or nature specialists.
The Nature Bowl program is sponsored by CDFW, the American River Conservancy, the Calaveras County Office of Education, the California Waterfowl Association, the Placer Nature Center, Friends of Stone Lakes Refuge, the Sutter County Resource Conservation District, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – New Melones Lake and the Yolo Basin Foundation, with support from The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society.