For Immediate Release
December 8, 1999

Contact: Tom MacKenzie 404/679-7291

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Selects North Carolina Native to Head Field Office in Raleigh

Pardue

A native North Carolinian, Dr. Garland B. Pardue, has been selected as the new .supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Ecological Services Field Office in Raleigh. Dr. Pardue is originally from Elkin and has been with the Service for 28 years. On December 7, he replaced John Hefner, the former Raleigh supervisor, who has become the Chief of the Ecological Services Division in the Atlanta Regional Office.

"Dr. Pardue has had management experience at every level in the Fish and Wildlife Service - Field, Regional, and National. His expertise will be a tremendous asset to the work and growth of the Raleigh Field Office in the challenging years ahead," said Service Southeast Regional Director, Sam D. Hamilton.

"I know a lot about the natural resources of North Carolina and now I have an opportunity to help my home state," said Dr. Pardue. "I'm looking forward to working in a field office where people are working with day to day, frontline issues directly. It's exciting to solve challenges and help make the solutions happen." The Raleigh Field Office covers most of eastern North Carolina.

Dr Pardue began his career with the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1971 as the Assistant Unit Leader of the North Carolina Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit. In 1974, he served in the Division of Cultural Methods Research in Washington D.C. In 1975, he became the Unit Leader of the Virginia Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. To participate in the Department of Interior's Manager Development Program, Dr. Pardue returned to Washington D.C. in 1984 and joined the Refuges program as a Budget Specialist for Law Enforcement, Wildlife Assistance, and Migratory Birds. In 1985, he became Laboratory Director of the National Fisheries Research and Development Laboratory in Pennsylvania. Dr. Pardue joined the Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta in 1992 and served as the Deputy Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries and Federal Aid. In 1996, he joined the Ecological Services program where he has served in a variety of management positions including Deputy Assistant Regional Director; Acting Assistant Regional Director; Acting Geographic Assistant Regional Director for Area II; Area II Supervisor for Ecological Services and Fisheries; and Area III Supervisor for Ecological Services.

Dr Pardue obtained his Bachelor of Science degree and his Master of Science degree from North Carolina State University. His Doctorate degree was from Auburn University in Alabama. He and his wife, Janice, have been married for 34 years and have two sons, Travis and Timothy, both of whom are policemen in Charlotte. Janice currently works as a nurse at United Hospice in the Atlanta area. Dr. Pardue enjoys hunting, fishing, restoring old cars, and building furniture.

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.

Release #: :R99-094

 


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