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ALASKA PENINISULA & BECHAROF: Refuge Welcomes New Manager

Region 7, May 17, 2013
Susan Alexander is new Refuge Manager for Alaska Peninsula and Becharof NWR.
Susan Alexander is new Refuge Manager for Alaska Peninsula and Becharof NWR. - Photo Credit: n/a

On May 17, the Refuge’s new manager, Susan Alexander, arrived in King Salmon with her husband Carl Ramm. A Georgia native, Susan is new to King Salmon, but has spent years in other parts of Alaska.


After earning a degree in Biology at Oberlin College in Ohio, she moved north, working for a number of years in Anchorage and Homer for various non-profit organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Alaska Natural Heritage Program, and Kachemak Heritage Land Trust. In 1994, she started her Fish and Wildlife Service career as an Administrative Assistant at Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. She later moved to the Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage, where she worked in Realty and as the Chief of the Budget and Facilities Branch for Refuges.

Her most recent move took her back down south – and back to the field – as the Deputy Project Leader for the South Arkansas Refuge Complex. She is now returning north as Refuge Manager of Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges. “I’m thrilled to be coming home to Alaska, and to have the opportunity to manage two such spectacular refuges,” she says.

In introducing herself to her staff, Susan said working as a Refuge Manager in Alaska was a dream come true. “I’ll be floating a few feet off the ground for a while,” she said. Welcome, Susan!

Contact Info: Julia Pinnix, 907-246-1211, Julia_Pinnix@fws.gov