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October 17, 2002
CONTACT: Jennifer Briggs, Madison Wetland Management District, 605-256-2974

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ARTIST SIGNING OF 2002 NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM POSTER

Clark Ostergaard, artist for the 2002 National Wildlife Refuge System poster, will be at Cabela’s Retail Store in Mitchell, South Dakota on October 19th for a poster signing. Clark and the staff from Madison Wetland Management District (WMD) will be one of a number of groups participating in Cabela’s October 18-21 Pheasant Opener event. The Madison WMD staff will be sharing information about their wetland management district, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and upcoming events for the 2003 Refuge System Centennial.

If you would like to get a 2002 National Wildlife Refuge System poster signed by the artist, please come to Cabela’s in Mitchell, SD on Saturday, October 19th. The artist will be signing posters from 8:30 am to12:30 pm.

Clark Ostergaard’s detailed knowledge of his wildlife and habitat subjects helps him create scenes that come alive on the canvas. This year’s poster depicts a small river with cottonwoods along the shore, sagebrush uplands in the foreground, and mountains in the distance. The variety of wildlife found in these habitats are also shown. On the back of the poster, the information and activity ideas can help children and adults learn about the value of our nations’s public lands.

A native of Utah, Clark worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a landscape architect for many years. He has studied art throughout his life. Clark has done illustrations for a number of wildlife books and magazines. He has won numerous art contests, including the Wyoming Conservation Stamp Contest (1988), Delaware Trout Stamp Contest (1988), and the Utah Ducks Unlimited poster contest (1990).

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 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses nearly 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 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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