FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 7, 1997

Diana M. Hawkins or

Vicki M. Boatwright

MARVIN MORIARTY NAMED U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ACTING SOUTHEAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Marvin Moriarty will serve as Acting Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service until a new regional director is appointed to replace Noreen K. Clough, who retires from the Service July 3, 1997.

During this temporary assignment, Moriarty is responsible for directing the Service's fish, wildlife and habitat conservation, protection and enhancement activities in 10 southeastern states, 1 commonwealth and 1 U.S. territory. He comes to the Region's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, from Fort Snelling, Minnesota, where he has served since January 1988 as Deputy Regional Director for the Service's Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region, which covers the states of: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Moriarty began his career in federal service in 1970, when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He later served as an air traffic controller in the Marine Corps Reserve and received an honorable discharge from the Reserve in 1976.

Moriarty joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1972, working in the Upper Darby River Basin Studies Field Office, Pennsylvania. He served there until 1973, when rapid expansion of the River Basin Studies program led to his becoming a staff biologist for the Annapolis, Maryland, ecological services field office.

Moriarty was appointed, in 1975, to the position of biologist-in-charge of the Ecological Services Division at the Gloucester Point, Virginia, field office located at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. In 1978, he began a 10-year stint in Washington, D.C., where he initially served as an ecological services' coastal zone management coordinator. The following year, he became program coordinator for program development staff assigned to the Associate Director of Ecological Services. In 1981, he was promoted to branch chief of the Ecological Services Division's Permits and Licenses Branch.Moriarty's duties brought him to Atlanta, Georgia, a year later, where he assumed the position of Assistant Regional Director for Enhancement. The following year he returned to Washington, D.C. to become Ecological Services Division Chief. Then in 1985 he served as the Acting Deputy Regional Director for the Service's Mountain-Prairie Regional Headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

He returned once again to Washington the following year, where he served as chief of the Office of Endangered Species and Deputy Assistant Director of Fish and Wildlife Enhancement, before moving into his present position in 1988.

A native of Springfield, Vermont, Moriarty holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia. His outside interests include photography, fishing, canoeing and canoe-building. He is also an avid cross-country and back-country skier and enjoys winter camping even in Minnesota's minus-50-degree temperatures.

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Release #: R97-66.


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