New Project Leader at White River National Wildlife Refuge
September 16, 2013
Bo Sloan, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the new project leader at White River National Wildlife Refuge in St. Charles, Arkansas. He began his new duties on September 9, 2013.
“We’re excited that Bo is returning home to the Southeast Region. He is a Mississippi native, and began his Service career as refuge manager of Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Yazoo City,” said David Viker, the Service Southeast Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. “He works to create partnerships and programs designed to get people outdoors and involved in refuge activities.”
For the past five years, Sloan managed two National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. He first served at the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge in McGrath. In his most recent position, he managed the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. In both positions, he worked with adults and children in rural villages getting them involved in outdoor activities, such as trapping, hunting, fishing, and fur handling.
Prior to moving to Alaska, Sloan managed Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge for four years from 2004 until 2008. He began his natural resources career in 1989, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services in Mississippi, as a biological technician. In a year, he was promoted to a wildlife biologist. In 1992, he moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas, to serve as the Assistant District Supervisor for Wildlife Services. He returned to Mississippi after two years to work as Wildlife Services’ District Supervisor, until he joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in July 2004.
“My wife, Holly, and I are excited about moving to St. Charles, Arkansas, because it feels like we are returning home,” Sloan said. “White River National Wildlife Refuge has outstanding wildlife resources, and I am honored to have the opportunity to share in its stewardship.”
Sloan was raised on a small, family farm in Tupelo, Mississippi. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Mississippi State University. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, trapping, and gardening.
Established in 1935, the 160,000-acre White River National Wildlife Refuge spans four Arkansas counties - Desha, Monroe, Arkansas, and Phillips. The refuge, located along the Mississippi Flyway, was formed to protect neo-tropical songbirds and migratory birds. It lies in the floodplain of the White River near where it meets the Mississippi River. White River National Wildlife Refuge also is one of the largest remaining bottomland hardwood forests in the Mississippi River Valley. Visitors enjoy walking trails, wildlife observation and photography, hunting, boating, and fishing.
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