Chief of National Wildlife Refuge System
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James W. Kurth

Photo of Jim KurthJim Kurth took the helm of the National Wildlife Refuge System - the world's largest network of lands dedicated to wildlife conservation  - in October 2012. 
Kurth, a 32-year veteran of the Refuge System, had been its deputy chief since 1999. For five years prior to that, he managed the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the largest refuge in the United States, spanning 20 million acres.
Kurth began his refuge system career in 1979 at Mississippi SandhiIl Crane National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi, moving on to Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island. He graduated in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in wildlife management.

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Last updated: July 5, 2013
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