December 2, 2002
The Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that Lee Andrews has been selected to manage its new Ecological Services Program Field Office in Frankfort, Kentucky. Andrews, an eight-year Service veteran, has spent the majority of his career working in the Ecological Services Program. In his new position, Andrews will supervise a diverse staff of wildlife and natural resources professionals involved with federal projects and regulatory processes, endangered species management, private lands habitat restoration and management initiatives, and contaminants.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources played a key role in establishing the new Kentucky Field Office in Frankfort. The new Kentucky Field Office will help ensure better coverage of the state’s resources and issues that used to be covered from the Service’s Field Office in Cookeville, Tennessee.
“The citizens and natural resources of Kentucky will be the
beneficiaries of our new Kentucky Field Office and Lee’s leadership,”
said Sam D. Hamilton, the Service’s Southeast
Regional Director. “Lee has always been willing to
take on new challenges, and he has a strong track record of working
with communities, private landowners, and others to solve complex conservation
problems in a sensible manner.”
“Kentucky is a beautiful state and full of unique natural resources. My family and I are thrilled to be in such a beautiful area, and we look forward to becoming a part of the community,” said Andrews.
“I’m also excited about the work that the Kentucky Field
Office will be doing,” continued Andrews. “I intend to work
very hard to balance Kentucky’s economic and conservation priorities
by working with landowners and our other partners on behalf of Kentucky’s
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 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses 540 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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