U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Selects New Refuge Manager for Gulf Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Lloyd has a great deal of experience working on refuges from Florida to Massachusetts, including some of the largest refuges in the eastern United States with active fire management programs.” said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Culp has served as refuge manager of the 111,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and North Carolina for the last 17 years. This refuge is the largest refuge administered by the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the primary mission of restoring and protecting a unique ecosystem that includes fire-dependent habitats. He left Great Dismal Swamp as the refuge began implementing a major fuel-reduction and forest restoration project to restore Atlantic white cedar forests that were destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003.
Culp began his career on refuges
in 1974 as a student-trainee in wildlife science at the Okefenokee
National Wildlife Refuge. He continued his service in student trainee
or assistant manager positions at St. Marks NWR in Florida, Eufaula
NWR in Alabama, and Tennessee NWR through 1984. Culp’s first
assignment as refuge manager occurred in 1984 when he transferred to
the Great Meadows NWR in 1984, serving refuges in Massachusetts and
New Hampshire. In 1988, he accepted the refuge manager’s position
of the Great Dismal Swamp NWR, where he served until his recent transfer
to Gulf Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Culp holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Auburn University. His wife, Nora, has a degree in fisheries biology from Auburn University and has taught high school chemistry, biology, and physiology in Georgia. The Culps have one daughter, Lauren, who recently began her second year of studies as a music education major at Auburn University.
Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR was established in 1975 for the primary purpose of restoring and protecting habitat for the endangered Mississippi sandhill crane. The Grand Bay NWR was established in 1992 to maintain and support diverse rare habitats including pine/savannah wetlands. Both refuges incorporate habitats that require maintenance with prescribed fire. Bon Secour NWR was established by Congress in 1980 to preserve fragile barrier features along the rapidly developing Alabama Gulf Coast. The Refuge is comprised of four separate units on the Fort Morgan Peninsula and Little Dauphin Island in coastal Alabama. Habitats include a diverse assemblage of beach, coastal dunes and associated uplands, salt marsh, and wetlands at the mouth of Mobile Bay and within the Gulf of Mexico. These habitats support a variety of threatened and endangered species, such as the Alabama beach mouse, piping plover, and green, loggerhead, and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. More than 370 species of migratory birds inhabit the refuge during migrations.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife,
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 545 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
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