For Immediate Release
May 17, 1999

Contact: Tom MacKenzie
404/679-7291

CINDY DOHNER NAMED PROGRAM ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR
FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE  SERVICE'S ECOLOGICAL SERVICES

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Regional Director Sam D. Hamilton has named Cindy Dohner, who has been with the Service for six years, as Program Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Southeast Region.

dohner.jpg (12033 bytes)"Cindy has strong experience with fish hatchery and endangered species issues, both with this region and in the Washington Office. During the past year, she served as Chief of the Division of Ecological Services, overseeing a staff of professional biologists in the Southeast Regional Office and its 15 field offices," said Hamilton. "She also has five years of staff and management experience at the national level."

In her new position, Dohner develops program policy and provides leadership in resolving controversial scientific, political, legal and economic issues affecting the programs. She continues to supervise staff in the Regional Office and administers the budget for Ecological Services. Programs included under Ecological Services are endangered and threatened species listing and recovery; wildlife habitat conservation; Partners for Fish and Wildlife; wetlands conservation and mapping, and habitat conservation planning and permitting.

"Ecological Services has exciting programs carried out by dynamic and committed people," said Dohner. "The work is challenging because of its variety and because of the opportunities to interact with a multitude of people from every walk of life in the public and private sectors. One moment you're working with other government agencies on a significant contaminants issue that threatens wildlife, the next moment you're talking to a private landowner about becoming a partner in restoring wildlife habitat. You always feel you are doing good things for wildlife in this program," Dohner said.

Dohner was born in Tennessee, and has lived throughout the East Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Millersville University in Pennslyvania and a Masters of Science in Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Pathology from the University of Rhode Island. She began her career in 1985 with the National Marine Fisheries Service as a research technician for the Florida Gulf Coast Reef Management Program. She also has served as a consultant, specializing in impacts to aquatic resources for private companies and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 1993, Dohner joined the Service as a fisheries biologist with the Division of Fish Hatcheries in Washington. She transferred to the endangered species program in 1995 as a biologist with the Branch of Consultation and Recovery, and in 1997, she became chief of that branch. In 1998, she joined the Southeast Regional Ecological Services Division as its chief.

Some of Dohner's major accomplishments while in the Washington Office included

serving as the national liaison for habitat conservation plans, which are agreements between landowners and the Service that allow protection of listed species and development to occur simultaneously. She also was involved in the preparation of the 1996 Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook which set national policy on these agreements. Dohner helped form and administer private land forums that have been held throughout the nation to explain Endangered Species Act regulations, revisions, and issues. Two publications, A Road Back, which described the Service's listed species' recovery program, and A Quiet Revolution, which explains the Habitat Conservation Planning process and its successes, were developed by Dohner.

Dohner and her husband, Eric, have two boys - - Zachary, age 10, and Jacob, age 8.

Together, they enjoy fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Dohner also enjoys tennis, rollerblading, pottery, and gardening.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System comprising more than 500 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries and 78 Ecological Services field offices. The agency administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, enforces federal wildlife laws, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife agencies.

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