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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2009

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Mark Vaniman New Refuge Manager At Seney National Wildlife Refuge

 


Mark Vaniman, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the new refuge manager at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan. He began his new duties on September 14, 2009.

“His variety of work assignments and his passion for refuges will serve him well at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.” says Rick Schultz, Chief of Refuges for the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In his previous position, Vaniman served as Project Leader at Windom Wetland Management District.

Vaniman commented, “I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. My experience on Wetland Management District’s was very good, very challenging and very worthwhile but my heart lies in Refuges. This is a spectacular landscape and an incredible area to manage for wildlife.”

Established in 1943, Seney National Wildlife Refuge is a resting and breeding ground for migratory birds. The 93,000+ acre refuge is home to bald eagles, osprey, common loons, trumpeter swans, river otters, beavers, black bears, moose and gray wolves.

“My goal for the refuge is to help the public access and enjoy wildlife while finding ways to protect federally-listed and native species,” says Vaniman.

Prior to his previous position, Vaniman served as a Refuge Manager, Acting Complex Manager, Deputy Complex Manager at Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District in North Dakota. Earlier, he was Assistant Manager of Flint Hills and Imperial National Wildlife Refuges. He joined the Fish and Wildlife Service as biological technician at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. He also worked as a biological technician at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Vaniman and his wife Susan have been married for 28 years and have two children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hunting, fishing, recreational boating, travel, moderate exercise. He commented, “I am currently learning new winter sports due to my relocation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.”

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.

 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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Last updated: November 4, 2013