U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southeast Region News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       Diana M. Hawkins or

April 4, 1997                                     Vicki M. Boatwright



U. S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE 

NAMES NEW FLORIDA STATE SUPERVISOR



A 23-year veteran of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Stephen W. Forsythe, has been named overall supervisor for ecological services programs in the State of Florida. He will be stationed in Vero Beach, Florida, and will assume his position there April 28, 1997.

Forsythe is transferring from the Service's Washington D.C. office where he has served as Chief of the Division of Habitat Conservation and was responsible for administering project planning, the National Wetlands Inventory, Coastal Programs and the Partners for Wildlife Program.

In his new position, Forsythe will oversee and coordinate all ecological services programs in Florida including management and recovery of threatened and endangered species, wetland permit review and administration of coastal programs. He will also be responsible for the supervision of the Service's field offices in Panama City, Jacksonville and Vero Beach.

Prior to joining the Service, the Kansas native served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1972. He is a graduate of Kansas State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management in 1967 and Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, where he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Biology in 1974.

Forsythe has previously held positions as a wildlife biologist with the Service in the Lafayette, LA and Vicksburg, MS field offices and served as field supervisor of the Tulsa, OK Field Office for six years.

According to the Service's Southeast Regional Director Noreen K. Clough, Florida is the only state in which the Service employs a state supervisor. The position exists here, she said, because of the tremendous amount of work being undertaken in high priority areas of endangered species and habitat restoration.

In his new assignment, Forsythe says, he plans to continue working towards restoring the South Florida ecosystem and equitably balancing the recovery of endangered species with the needs of a rapidly growing human population.

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Release #97-38


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