Anna Harris, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service economist, will oversee implementation of Conserving the Future, the 10–year strategic vision for the Refuge System. She took over as the implementation coordinator on April 9.


Harris has been an economist with the Service since 2009, interpreting the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife–Associated Recreation. She has worked closely with a host of partners, including the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the State Organizations for Boating Access. She has been actively involved with Trout Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation, and teaches fly fishing to breast cancer survivors through the Casting for Recovery organization.


She holds an undergraduate degree in agribusiness management and rural development from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics from Virginia Tech. The author of numerous papers, Harris received the Unit Award for Excellence in Service from the Department of the Interior in 2010.