| FWS, Partners
Announce Formation of
Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Team
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2005
Jeff Fleming, FWS, 404-679-7287 (w), 404-274-6693 (mobile)
Nancy Ledbetter, AGFC, 501-223-6318 (w), 501-912-1979 (mobile)
Fish and Wildlife Service,
less the four weeks since the dramatic announcement that the Ivory-billed
Woodpecker was indeed rediscovered on the agency’s Cache
River National Wildlife Refuge, will announce the formation of a multi-agency,
multi-partner recovery team. Over the next two years the recovery team
will develop a road map for the conservation and recovery of this extraordinary
Sam Hamilton, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director,
members of the Recovery Team’s executive committee.
The Department of the
Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service announces the formation of the recovery team for the endangered
Ivory-billed Woodpecker across its historic range. Announcement will
be made by Sam D. Hamilton, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Media Teleconference @ 12 Noon EDT, 11 a.m. CDT.
Call-in Number: 888-455-0047
Passcode: Ivory Billed Woodpecker
On April 28, Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Agriculture Secretary
Mike Johanns joined The Nature Conservancy, Lab of Ornithology at Cornell
University, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and other partners
to announce the rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, thought to
be extinct for more than 60 years, on the Cache River National Wildlife
Refuge in eastern Arkansas.
The Interior and Agriculture Departments announced they would reallocate
$10.2 million to protect the charismatic bird. This funding is in
addition to $10 million already committed to research and habitat
protection efforts by private sector groups and citizens.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please visit our website at: http://www.fws.gov/ivorybill/.