FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 1998
Diana M. Hawkins or
Vicki M. Boatwright

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE NAMES PROJECT LEADER FOR
LAKE WOODRUFF NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has appointed Henry R. Sansing as project leader for Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLeon Springs, Florida. He succeeds former Refuge Manager Leon Rhodes, who retired in September of 1997.

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge encompasses some 22,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat, including freshwater marshes, hardwood swamps, upland pines, and mixed hardwoods. The refuge is located in Volusia County approximately 25 miles west of Daytona Beach and encircles the 2,200-acre Lake Woodruff and most of the 1,800-acre Lake Dexter. The St. Johns River forms its western boundary.

"I am excited and honored to be chosen for the position of project leader at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge," Sansing said. "This refuge is truly a jewel within the refuge system, containing an immense variety of wildlife and habitats. I am looking forward to working with the local communities, the public, and the various partners and organizations who all work to help better our environment and our lives."

A Service employee for almost 9 years, Sansing has worked for the past 5 years at Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges, near Chiefland, Florida, initially as supervisory forester and, for the last 3 years, as deputy project leader. Prior to his assignment at Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys refuges, Sansing spent 3 years as a forester at White River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas.

Sansing, who hails from Columbus, Mississippi, joined the Service in 1988 as a cooperative education employee, and completed cooperative assignments at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina and Noxubee refuge in Mississippi. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Mississippi State University in 1989 and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Forest Technology from East Mississippi Junior College in 1985.

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Release #: R98-003


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