|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 1997
|Diana M. Hawkins or
Vicki M. Boatwright
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has named Val Kevin Urban as the new project leader
of its Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge complex. As project leader, Urban will
manage the entire Caribbean complex, comprised of seven refuges: Buck Island, Cabo,
Culebra, Desecheo, Laguna Cartagena, Green Cay and Sandy Point national wildlife refuges.
Sandy Point has the largest sea turtle nesting site under U.S. jurisdiction.
"I look forward to the challenge of managing such a diverse and dynamic system of
refuges," Urban said about his new position. "I also look forward to working
with the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on a variety of wildlife and land
An employee of the Service for almost 8 years, Urban has served as Deputy Project
Leader at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, near Tallahassee, Florida, for the past 5
years. He began his career with the Service in 1990 as a Refuge Operations Specialist at
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge in Chiefland, Florida. Prior to joining the
Service, Urban served with the U.S. Forest Service. He received his Masters degree in
wildlife management from West Virginia University in 1988, and a Bachelor of Science
degree in wildlife and forestry from Virginia Tech in 1985. In June of this year, he
married Benita Smith, formerly a Service employee at the Crystal River National Wildlife
Refuge, Crystal River, Florida.
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Release #: R97-105
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