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The Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

August 2, 2002
Contact: Karen Miranda Gleason 303 236-7917, x. 431

NEW REGIONAL CHIEF OF NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM
TO JOIN MOUNTAIN-PRAIRIE REGION

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region welcomes Rick Coleman as its new regional chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Coleman comes to Denver from the Service’s Portland, Oregon, office where he has served as the Assistant Regional Director for External Affairs for the last 3 years. He will now focus his attention on Fish and Wildlife Service refuge issues in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota.

"We are fortunate to have such an experienced refuge and wildlife expert stepping into this important role," said Ralph Morgenweck, Regional Director of the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region. "His years with the Service in various capacities will help our region implement some new and exciting programs."

"I am very excited about the move to Denver and to the Mountain-Prairie Region," said Coleman. "I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that await me. We have some incredible resources to work with in the region so that we can ensure that our refuges are a tremendous source of pride for our nation."

During his 25 years with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Coleman has served in various capacities. He started his career in Federal service with the National Park Service as an interpreter and wildlife biologist at Everglades National Park. For the Fish and Wildlife Service, Coleman has served as refuge biologist and assistant refuge manager for the Hawaii and Pacific Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex; research coordinator for the Division of Refuges in Washington, D.C.; department manager of the Development Program; refuge manager at San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex; associate regional director for the Southwest Region; refuge supervisor for Oregon/Washington/Idaho refuges; and chief of the Division of Refuges in Washington, D.C. before taking his current position of Assistant Regional Director for External Affairs for the Northwest Region in Portland.

Coleman, a native of Hawaii, earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University. He also holds a Ph.D. in forestry from Pennsylvania State University.

Coleman and his wife Carolyn have 4 children. He enjoys fishing, coaching little league baseball and gardening.

Rick Coleman reported to his new position in Denver in 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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