|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 1997
|Diana M. Hawkins or
Vicki M. Boatwright
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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Release #: R97-121
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