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Manteo, North Carolina 27954

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News Release

January 14, 2010

USFWS Welcomes Matt Connolly as Refuge Manager for Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge

Mike Bryant, Project Leader for the North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex. recently announced the arrival of Matt Connolly as the new Refuge Manager for Roanoke River National Wildlife. Connolly comes to eastern North Carolina with a wide variety of experience on national wildlife refuges and a geographically diverse list of past refuge positions.

Connolly's most recent assignment was as Refuge Manager for Vieques National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico. Prior to that, he served as a biological technician, Forestry Technician/Firefighter, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, collateral duty Law Enforcement Officer, and Deputy Refuge Manager. His Service experience has involved time on five national wildlife refuges: Bosque Del Apache, NM; Havasu, AZ; Ohio River Islands, WV, Cape Romain, SC, as well as Vieques.

He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and served a term as a Peace Corp volunteer in Panama.

"I'm looking forward to moving ahead with the management of Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge. The staff has many collective years of experience. With their support, I believe I can hit the ground running. The quality of habitat here and the potential for wildlife management and outdoor recreation are rivaled by few places I've seen," Connolly said.

Connolly has worked for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for fifteen years. He, his wife, and two children, Conan 6 and Ora 2, plan to make their home in either Creswell or Windsor. When not working, he enjoys fishing and building furniture.

Matt Connolly standing in front of brick USFWS building.
Matt Connolly is the new Refuge Manager for Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge. He comes to eastern North Carolina with broad experience on national wildlife refuges and enthusiasm for the potential on Roanoke River.
Photo Credit: FWS.