U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Appoints New Georgia
The U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service has appointed Sandy Tucker as the Field Supervisor
of Georgia's Ecological Services Division. Tucker, a 18-year veteran
of the Service, is located at the new Georgia Ecological Services
office in Athens, Georgia.
"Because of Georgia's unprecedented growth, there
is a great demand on the State's natural resources," said Sam D.
Hamilton, Director of the Service's Regional Office in Atlanta.
"Under Ms. Tucker's leadership, the Service will continue to be
an integral partner in the protection of Georgia's wildlife habitats."
As the Field Supervisor for Ecological Services, Tucker
is responsible for coordinating the Service's responsibilities under
several Federal fish and wildlife laws, including the Endangered
Species Act, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and the Migratory
Bird Treaty Act. Ecological Services staff works closely with other
Federal agencies to ensure that Federal actions have minimal impacts
on fish and wildlife resources. For example, Service biologists
recommend measures to restore degraded habitats, protect wildlife
and their habitat from the harmful effects of pollution, and facilitate
recovery of endangered and threatened species. The Service also
aids in the development of habitat conservation plans, which are
agreements between with landowners that permit continued use and
development on private lands while conserving threatened and endangered
"I am excited about the idea of working with the
myriad of stakeholders throughout Georgia to develop lasting partnerships
that will protect the natural systems of this State," said Tucker.
"Our challenge is to protect those resources yet provide for the
needs of one of the fastest-growing urban populations in the Nation."
While located in Athens, Tucker will also oversee
operations at the Coastal Georgia and West Georgia Ecological Service
offices in Brunswick and Columbus, respectively.
"Our goal is to be more accessible to our partners
and to landowners throughout the State," said Tucker. "By locating
offices in three regions of Georgia, we can provide better assistance
and more focused attention toward the protection of Georgia's remarkable
A native of Alabama, Tucker has held several positions
with the Service. She began her career in the Service's Daphne,
Alabama Ecological Services office. She held positions in Alaska
and at the Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown,
West Virginia. Immediately prior to her appointment as Georgia Field
Supervisor, Tucker served as a staff biologist in the Division of
Endangered Species in the Service's Washington Office.
Tucker holds a Master of Science degree in wildlife
biology from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science
degree in zoology from Auburn University. She and her husband, Garry,
are the parents of two daughters, Natalie and Kelly. Very much a
family-oriented person, Ms. Tucker's free-time activities include
family outings to State and Federal parks, forests, and other natural
The Ecological Services office supervised by Tucker
is one of many programs managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
in Georgia. The Service also manages Okefenokee National Wildlife
Refuge and Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Piedmont National
Wildlife Refuge and Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, and seven
wildlife refuges in the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Additionally, the Service operates two fish hatcheries, the Chattahoochee
Forest National Fish Hatchery and the Warm Springs National Fish
Hatchery, a Regional Fish Technology Center and a Regional Fisheries
Center at Warm Springs, and Law Enforcement Offices in Savannah
and Atlanta. The Service administers the Federal Aid in Sport Fish
and Wildlife Restoration program, which distributed over $8 million
in funds to Georgia in 1998.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal
Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing
fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing
benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre
National Wildlife Refuge System comprised of more than 500 national
wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special
management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries,
64 fish and wildlife management assistance offices and 78 ecological
services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws,
administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations,
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.