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San Diego Refuges' Andy Yuen Earns National Refuge Manager of the Year Honors

Feb 05, 2014

February 5, 2014
Contact:Michael Woodbridge 916-396-8630                                                                            

Manager of San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex Earns National Refuge Manager of the Year Honors

Andy Yuen, Project Leader for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC), has been selected as the recipient of the Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year Award by the National Wildlife Refuge Association. The prestigious national award recognizes Yuen for his accomplishments in protecting and managing the Seal Beach, Tijuana Slough, San Diego Bay and San Diego national wildlife refuges in southern California.

Yuen has been the San Diego NWRC Project Leader since 2005. During his time as project leader, he has achieved many successes for the four urban wildlife refuges that are home to many threatened and endangered species, including the light-footed clapper rail, quino checkerspot butterfly and California gnatcatcher. The key to Yuen’s formula for success is partnerships. Throughout his tenure, Yuen has worked closely with other agencies, organizations and stakeholders to build trust and combine resources to accomplish goals. For example, in 2012, Yuen’s leadership contributed to the addition of Hidden Valley, a 1,905-acre conservation area, to the San Diego NWR. The addition of the Hidden Valley tract was accomplished through close partnering with diverse stakeholders, including the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Department of Homeland Security, California departments of Transportation and Fish and Wildlife, and The Nature Conservancy among others.

Yuen began his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) as a student intern in the Pacific Islands Office in his native Hawaii. From there, he worked as a Service biologist in Hawaii and later moved to southern California, where he worked in various positions with the San Diego NWRC and Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by the National Wildlife Refuge Association,” said Yuen. This award reflects the care, support and guidance that the Service family has so generously shared with me during my career. I am truly grateful for the privilege to have worked with an awe-inspiring group of friends, colleagues, and partners in conserving the wildlife of Hawaii and southern California.”


The Refuge Manager of the Year Award is given each year in honor of Paul Kroegel, the first manager of the first national wildlife refuge established in 1908 at Pelican Island, Florida. The awards are administered by the National Wildlife Refuge Association and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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