New faces join hatchery staff

Thursday, December 2, 2010
New faces at RRSP Hatchery Democrat Photo Brad Farwell began serving as Roaring River State Park Hatchery assistant manager around a month ago. Julie Fraley and Nick LeMaster also joined the hatchery staff this fall. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Fraley, Farwell and LeMaster. Back row: Brian Ulrich, Rick Cooper, Caleb Beuterbaugh and Paul Spurgeon.

A love of the outdoors in general and Roaring River State Park in particular drove Cassville High School alumni Brad Farwell to apply for the position of hatchery assistant manager at the local park earlier this year. Farwell began serving in the leadership position around a month ago.

"I have worked here since I was 15," said Farwell. "When I graduated from college, I became a resource assistant at Shepherd of the Hills."

After serving in that position for around a year, Farwell was promoted to resource technician at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. At the conclusion of another year, Farwell received the opportunity to return to Roaring River.

"I really like this park," said Farwell. "It is a pretty park with good opportunities to receive supervisory experience. I really want to continue to work my way up in the Missouri Department of Conservation."

Farwell enjoyed spending time at Roaring River long before he began working at the park as a teenager. He has spent many hours in the park with his father, Marvin, who retired earlier this year. Farwell's father served as a resource assistant at the park for over 32 years.

"I love the atmosphere of Roaring River," said Farwell. "A lot of the campers come into the hatchery office to visit and talk about trout fishing. This is just a good place to be. I really enjoy my job."

After graduating from Cassville High School in 2004, Farwell attended Crowder College for two years. He then completed his bachelor's degree in biology at College of the Ozarks. He is currently working to earn his master's degree in biological sciences.

Individuals who visit the Roaring River Hatchery will notice two other new faces working around the trout production area. Julie Fraley and Nick LeMaster joined the hatchery staff this fall.

Fraley, who has a bachelor's degree in general biology, is serving as an hourly employee. LeMaster possesses a biology degree in wildlife conservation and management from Missouri State University in Springfield. He is currently serving as a resource assistant.

The new staff members will join resource assistants Brian Ulrich, who has worked at the hatchery for 24 years, and Rick Cooper, who joined the hatchery staff around five years ago. Resource assistant Caleb Beuterbaugh has also been a member of the hatchery staff for two years.

Hatchery Manager Paul Spurgeon said he is looking forward to working with each of his staff members throughout the catch and release season and in preparation for the 2011 season opener.

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