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New regional office opens in Laramie

July 25, 2018
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New regional office opens in Laramie

Laramie - The new Laramie Region Game and Fish office is now open for business. The facility is located at 1212 S. Adams St., at the corner of Adams Street and Venture Drive, just south of the old office. 
At 50 years old, the former building needed to be renovated or replaced to meet the growing needs of wildlife management. The department saved money by combining a regional office with a new home for the Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Lab. The project was possible thanks to stable financial footing from budget cuts in recent years, increased revenue from federal taxes on guns and ammo, and an increase in fishing license sales. The department traded the existing office and land to the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance for six acres to accommodate the new facility.
The facility provides work space for approximately 30 employees. A large conference room will allow public meetings, hunter education courses and Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meetings to be held at the regional office. A multi-bay shop area will allow employees to work on vehicles and store equipment out of inclement weather.
While regional employees are pleased with the new building, nobody is happier than the staff in the Wildlife Forensics and Fish Health Lab. Faced with upcoming federal accreditation requirements, the lab needed to find a new home or face closure. The former laboratory space on the University of Wyoming campus was too small and would have prevented the lab from receiving mandatory accreditation requirements and the federal funding that is tied to it.
The lab provides fish health, wildlife forensic and tooth aging services to the department and 10 other states. It is considered one of the most advanced state laboratories of its kind in the country. New features, such as a tank room to house live fish, will allow scientists to do more research on diseases that affect fish, and also provide additional services to the public by taking on more fee-based work such as inspecting private fish hatcheries. “This will propel our lab to the forefront of the industry,” said Fish Health Program Manager Brandon Taro.
Researchers will also be able to age more teeth from big game animals, a service that is extremely popular with the public. These services should bring in additional income to offset lab operating costs. “Being in the new lab has given us the space to adequately set up our equipment and separate testing to perform our analyses more efficiently,” said laboratory director Kim Frazier. “It has given us room for growth and the ability to start doing more research. Most importantly, it will enable us to get accredited in both wildlife forensics and fish health.”
Art by various Wyoming artists will soon be on display in the new building, and members of the public are encouraged to drop by to see the art and visit the new building. “The new regional office and lab will help support our mission of conserving wildlife and serving people well into the future,” said Rick King, Laramie Region Wildlife Supervisor. 

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