FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 29, 1997

Diana M. Hawkins or

Vicki M. Boatwright

NORTH CAROLINIAN TO HEAD

CAROLINA SANDHILLS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

An 11-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been named refuge manager at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge in McBee, South Carolina. Scott Lanier fills the position vacated earlier this year by Ricky Ingram, who transferred to the Service's Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Service's Southeast Regional Director, Sam Hamilton, described Lanier as a widely experienced Service professional, who has a thorough knowledge of refuge operations. "I expect him to bring much expertise and many skills to the refuge's biological program, administration, and management."

"It's great to be back in Sandhills country," said Lanier, a Lincolnton, North Carolina native. "Growing up along the banks of the nearby Catawba River, I gained a keen appreciation for the wildlife, habitat and people of this area. I look forward to 'giving back' some of what I've been given as I assume the manager's position of this valuable refuge."

Lanier most recently served as the deputy project leader at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Alabama. He has also served as the deputy project leader at Tensas National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana and as assistant refuge manager at both the Pea Island and Alligator River national wildlife refuges in North Carolina.

He is a 1986 graduate of North Carolina State University where he earned a B.S. degree in fisheries and wildlife. While there, he participated in the cooperative education program and completed internships at refuges in Virginia and North Carolina. He joined the Service in 1986 following graduation.

Lanier's wife, Jami, is also a North Carolina State University graduate and a native of Lincolnton, North Carolina and the couple are parents to a two-year old daughter, Shelby. Lanier's hobbies include hunting, fishing, jogging and he has a self-proclaimed "addiction" to Atlantic Coast Conference sporting events."

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