More than 150 attend Special Needs Fishing Day
The 5th Annual Manti-La Sal National Forest Special Needs Fishing Day drew more than 150 participants to Helper's Gigliotti Pond last Wednesday.
Anglers of all ages from Castle Valley Center, Active Re-entry and Four Corners Behavior Center cast their lines, some for the first time. "This event provides a great opportunity for everyone involved to get outside and experience the joy of fishing, as well as share their experience with others," said Manti-La Sal Forest Fisheries Biologist Pamela Jewkes. "Everyone had a good time."
Fifty employees from the Manti-La Sal volunteered to lend a helping hand, bait hooks, clean the catch, and provide supplies to the anglers.
A number of partner organizations helped make this event successful. These partners include Vicky Miller of Arch Western Bituminous Group, LLC, who provided food and beverages; Jesse McCourt of Water and Waste Logistics, provided a potable handicap restroom; Jake Atwood of Emery County Recreation contributed 2 large awnings for shade.
Additionally, Justin Hart from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources brought fishing poles for the event and stocked the pond. Helper City helped by providing the location, as well as providing chairs and tables, extra trash cans and trash bags.
Mike Keller of Castle Valley Center, Melissa Huntington of Four Corners Behavior Center, and Chris Haycock of Active Re-entry also worked to make the outing enjoyable for their clients and students.