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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Lakewood, Colorado 80228

August 2, 2002
Contact: Diane Katzenberger (303) 236-7917 x. 408

MOUNTAIN-PRAIRIE REGION WELCOMES NEW ASSISTANT
REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF ECOLOGICAL SERVICES

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region welcomes Mary Henry as the new Assistant Regional Director of Ecological Services. Henry comes to Denver from Washington, D.C., where she has served as Deputy Chief of the Division of Environmental Quality for the past three years.

As Deputy Chief, her areas of responsibility have included environmental contaminants work, oil spill response planning, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration, on-Refuge investigations, endangered species consultations on Clean Water Act and pesticides with the EPA, and aquatic nuisance species evaluation and control.

"Mary’s extensive research background and expertise in environmental quality and contaminants will provide a solid foundation in directing the diverse programs and complex issues facing this region," said Ralph Morgenweck, Director of the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region. "Her strong scientific credentials ensure her ability to use good science for good management of natural resources," he added.

The Office of Ecological Services works to protect and restore healthy populations of fish and wildlife and the environments upon which they depend. Programs managed by this office include endangered species, environmental contaminants, habitat conservation, and the partners for fish and wildlife program. For more information about these programs, please visit our web site at http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/es.

"I am looking forward to dealing with both the challenges and opportunities that western issues present, " Henry says. "By working honestly and regularly with state, federal, tribal, and private sectors to protect natural resources, everyone benefits. This is my top priority."

Henry’s career with the Service began in 1980. She started as a researcher and Section Chief at the Columbia Environmental Science Center in Columbia, Missouri. She then served as a researcher and Project Leader at the Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Henry also established, as Unit Leader, the Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit prior to moving to the Division of Environmental Quality, where she has served as Branch-Chief of Environmental Health and Staff Toxicologist before her taking her current position of Deputy Chief.

She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Toxicology from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University.

Henry is a leader in the field of Environmental Toxicology. As a researcher for sixteen years, she has published and presented hundreds of scientific papers, served on the National Board of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and been active in the American Fisheries Society. She has worked on irrigation drainwater issues, pesticide use, endangered species consultations, and Refuge pre-acquisition and clean-up.

Mary Henry reported to her new position in Denver in late July.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 520 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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