State naming hatchery after John Parker

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on March 26 passed a resolution naming the new fish hatchery being built near Jasper the "John D. Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery" after the late commissioner from Lufkin, who died January 26.

Parker actively supported the creation of the new hatchery, calling it "a wise investment, which will benefit all Texans for many years to come."

"Commissioner Parker helped bring this new hatchery to East Texas," said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director. "He knew many people from all walks of life, and he helped bring together the regional coalition that made this project possible. This is only one result of the countless hours he spent promoting many conservation causes, and it is a fitting tribute to memorialize his life's work by naming our new hatchery in his honor."

"John Parker dedicated his life to promoting conservation and enjoyment of our outdoor heritage," said Peter Holt, TPW Commission chairman. "He worked tirelessly as a commissioner over the past six years, and naming this new facility for him will permanently acknowledge his outstanding service to the people of our state."

The new $27 million hatchery is expected to be completed in early 2010. The state-of-the-art facility on 200 acres just below Sam Rayburn Reservoir will replace the 70-year-old Jasper Fish Hatchery and provide at least 45 acres of fish production ponds capable of delivering up to 4.5 million fish annually for stocking in Texas public waters.

The full commission resolution renaming the hatchery is on the TPWD Web site.