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Grand Reopening of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Join Steve Williams Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for a ceremony during "Ding" Darling Days/National Wildlife Refuge Week

 

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 8, 2004

Contacts:
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291, cell: (678) 296-6400
Kevin Godsea, Lead Park Ranger, 239-472-1100 x 237
Kyla Hastie, Special Events Coordinator, 404-679-7133

 

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge will officially reopen after its recovery from this year's hurricanes. Steve Williams, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will tour the refuge to see the $6 million in damage and how the resource is recovering after the storms. Director Williams will also highlight the importance of native flora and the role mangroves play during storms. He will also thank the refuge staff and the many other USFWS staff members that responded to Hurricane Charley. Marty Harrity, Sanibel Mayor, will also speak about the importance of community partnerships and long term professional relationships. Mark Crab of the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau will welcome visitors back to Sanibel and speak about the importance of ecotourism to Lee County.

DATE:

October 13, 2004

TIME:

10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

LOCATION:

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Drive
Sanibel, FL 33957

SPEAKERS:

Steve Williams, Director U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sam Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Marty Harrity, Mayor City of Sanibel
Mark Crab, Deputy Director Lee Visitor and Convention Bureau
Rob Jess, Refuge Manager J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Media Availability/Photo Op:

Ribbon Cutting and Tree planting Ceremony.

 


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