FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2009
Kevin Foerster, 507-452-4232
Chuck Traxler, 612-713-5313
Kevin Foerster New Manager of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
After more than 22 years of working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in California, Kevin Foerster is migrating to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Foerster will be settling in at refuge headquarters in Winona, Minnesota in early November. In addition to managing the "Upper Miss" Refuge, he will serve as the Refuge Supervisor for Trempealeau, Port Louisa, Great River, Two Rivers, Middle Mississippi River and Illinois River National Wildlife Refuges.
Foerster is moving from his position as Refuge Manager of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where he served for the past 12 years.
"We are very excited to have Kevin coming on board as the manager at the Upper Miss," said Rick Schultz, Chief of Refuges for the Great Lakes – Big Rivers Region. "He has strong refuge operational and community partnership experience – all excellent credentials for the issues facing the 'Upper Miss' Refuge."
Foerster began his career as a wildlife biologist and has served as manager for Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge and at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. His past work experience for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service includes special detail assignments in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington DC.
"It's a great honor and tremendous responsibility to be selected as the manager of the 'Upper Miss' Refuge." Foerster said. "I'm really looking forward to working with the Refuge staff, our state partners, neighbors, and other stakeholders to further the public appreciation and enjoyment of this valuable national resource."
The son of a college basketball coach and an elementary school teacher, Foerster is a native of southern California, having grown up wandering the concrete channels of the San Gabriel River in search of frogs and crawdads. He earned BS and MS degrees from California State University, Long Beach. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, reading novels, canoeing, hunting, and bike riding.
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