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Refuges Assist Ugandan Firefighters

Mississippi Sandhill Crane and Piedmont National Wildlife Refuges - 2003

As part of the Department of Interior's International Assistance Program, Tony Wilder of Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and Carl Schmidt of Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge traveled to Uganda to provide expertise in fire suppression tactics for two Uganda National Parks.

During their three-week trek, Tony and Carl taught two courses in fire suppression techniques. They also developed fire management plans for the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, one of the last remaining homes of mountain gorillas, and Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to African Savannahs, lions, elephants and hippos.

The two Service employees were nationally recognized for their efforts by the African Wildlife Foundation and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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