Introducing Greg Siekaniec, Regional Director
Greg Siekaniec assumed the Regional Director position for the Alaska Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in August 2016. He brings to the position a broad range of experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors, including 28 years with the FWS, which informs his approach to landscape scale conservation challenges through the use of innovative partnerships and science supported conservation delivery.
As Regional Director, Greg oversees the direction and day-to-day operations of the FWS in the Alaska, the only FWS Region that encompasses a single state. The Alaska Region has more than 50 percent of all refuge land managed by the agency. Many of the issues in Alaska have international implications, such as management of polar bear, walrus, salmon, and migratory birds. Our work and the lands and resources we manage are vitally important to the Alaskan way of life.
Greg began his management career at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Jordan, Montana. He continued with successive management stints in North Dakota and Wyoming before heading to Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. In Alaska, Greg spent eight years as the refuge manager of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. This Refuge encompasses more than 2,500 islands and nearly five million acres. Among his achievements at Alaska Maritime Refuge, Greg is credited with developing many restoration partnerships with national conservation organizations to restore island biodiversity. From 2009 to 2011, Greg was Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. During this time, he led efforts to establish a plan for the Refuge System to meet the challenges of the 21st century, including an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act portfolio of infrastructure repairs, improvements and construction.
As Deputy Director of the FWS, 2011-2012, Greg represented the Service on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council and the North American Wetland Conservation Act Council to facilitate partner interests in conservation, recreational use and enjoyment of National Wildlife Refuge lands and waters, and user access to public lands administered for the benefit of future generations. In addition, Greg worked closely with the Governor of Montana, National Park Service, and Tribal interests in bison conservation and Indian Self-governance concerning the National Bison Range, MT.
Greg left the Service to join Ducks Unlimited Canada in 2012 as their Chief Executive Officer. In that position he furthered their landscape scale conservation strategies through partnerships with private donors, the Government of Canada, and numerous multi-national corporations interested in conserving North American Wetland habitat and waterfowl.
Greg earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula. He and wife Janelle raised two children in the wilds of Montana, Wyoming and Alaska and continue to relish their time outdoors and are enjoying once again being a part of all Alaska offers.