FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2001
Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the appointment of Jay Slack, a 10-year Service veteran, as the new Field Supervisor for South Florida. Slack’s new position includes management responsibility for Everglades restoration.
“Jay has been a key member of the partnership effort to restore the Everglades since the beginning,” said Sam Hamilton, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. “Right now, we are in an important phase in the restoration of the Everglades. The Fish and Wildlife Service has an important role to play, and I am confident that Jay has the knowledge, expertise, and professionalism to be a tremendous asset to the project team.”
In his new position, Slack will supervise the South Florida Ecological Services Field Office located in Vero Beach, Florida. He will manage a staff of 110 employees and oversee a budget of more than $9 million. As he leads Everglades restoration efforts, Slack will be in charge of wildlife management activities involving endangered species, habitat conservation, private lands, environmental contaminants, and fisheries.
For the past four and a half years, Slack has served as the Service’s Deputy State Supervisor for Florida. Prior to coming to Florida, he worked in Washington, D.C. as Chief of the Endangered Species Listing Program and as the national coordinator for endangered species section 7 consultation. He joined the Service as a herpetologist in the Phoenix, Arizona, Ecological Services Office. Prior to his Service experience, Slack coordinated a fisheries research program. He earned a bachelors degree in botany in 1986 and a masters degree in ecology in 1988 from Illinois State University, where he also completed post-graduate work in vertebrate ecology.
Slack enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and bird watching. He and his wife, Heather, have lived in Vero Beach for the past four and a half years.
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 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource 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 fish and wildlife agencies.
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