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KENAI: Refuge Biologist John Morton Accepts College Council Appointment
Alaska Region, August 3, 2009
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Kenai Refuge Biologist, John Morton.  FWS Photo.
Kenai Refuge Biologist, John Morton. FWS Photo. - Photo Credit: n/a

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Supervisory Biologist John Morton recently accepted an appointment to the Kenai Peninsula College Advisory Council for a 3-year term, effective September 1, 2009.  The council both guides and advocates for Kenai Peninsula College and the University of Alaska, Anchorage. 


Morton, who has been with the US Fish and Wildlife Service for over 15 years, received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has spent over 20 years “improving  wildlife conservation and management through more relevant science”. 


He cites three reasons for wanting to be on the College Advisory Council:  (1) give back to the local community; (2) promote the idea of developing a 2-year or 4-year program at KPC in natural resources management (e.g., wildlife biology, fisheries biology, marine biology) that would include undergraduate internships with local agencies; and (3) promote the targeting of rural native Alaskans as students in general, but specifically in the context of natural resources management.  “I can envision such a program providing fertile grounds from which the USFWS can recruit SCEP (Student Career Experience Program) and STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program) employees down the road”.

Contact Info: Janet Schmidt, 907-260-2808, janet_schmidt@fws.gov
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