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ALASKA PENINSULA/BECHAROF: Refuge Manager and Wildlife Refuge Specialist/Pilot Retire
Alaska Region, November 16, 2012
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Refuge Manager Bill Schaff.
Refuge Manager Bill Schaff. - Photo Credit: Kelly Chase/USFWS
Wildlife Refuge Specialist/Pilot Pete Finley at work on a cabin at Bear Creek.
Wildlife Refuge Specialist/Pilot Pete Finley at work on a cabin at Bear Creek. - Photo Credit: Julia Pinnix/USFWS

Two employees are retiring from service at Alaska Peninsula/Becharof National Wildlife Refuges this year: Refuge Manager Bill Schaff, and Wildlife Refuge Specialist/Pilot Pete Finley.

 

Bill’s career with the USFWS had a wide span, from law enforcement in Los Angeles to Refuge Manager in the villages of McGrath and King Salmon. Bill’s marine experience and connections in L.A. helped bring the RV/Arlluk, a vessel seized during a drug smuggling bust, to the Refuge to expand operations to the coast.

Pete handled permits, carried out law enforcement duties, and flew countless missions to support a wide range of field projects. He may be retiring from the USFWS, but not from flying. “I have a grandson,” Pete says, “and whether he knows it or not, he’s going to be doing a lot of flying.” Pete is joining his family in the Dakotas.


Contact Info: Julia Pinnix, 907-246-1211, Julia_Pinnix@fws.gov



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