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SACRAMENTO NWRC: Dan Frisk is New Manager at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex
California-Nevada Offices , May 13, 2010
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Refuge Manager Dan Frisk. (photo: Lora Haller)
Refuge Manager Dan Frisk. (photo: Lora Haller) - Photo Credit: n/a

By Lora Haller, Sacramento NWRC
Dan Frisk, an 11-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the new manager of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  Frisk comes to the Sacramento refuge complex after nearly six years as refuge manager of the 43,888-acre Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in southern Illinois.

“I am glad to be in this great spot where there are lots of outdoor activities and so much to do,” Frisk said. “I am happy to join the family at the complex and look forward to being involved in the community.”

Frisk has worked in wildlife related positions for the past 20 years. He served three years as  project leader at Ottawa NWR in Ohio, and two years as a project leader at Pee Dee NWR in North Carolina.  Prior to joining the Service, he was an endangered species biologist for six years with the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, NC. A former Army officer, Frisk also taught ROTC courses at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. A married father of two, Frisk earned a bachelor's degree in Zoology from Northern Michigan University in 1981, and a master's degree in wildlife biology from Murray State University in 1992.

When not managing refuges, Frisk can be found carving waterfowl decoys, hunting, fishing, bird watching, running, or hiking.  

“I hope to continue the refuges’ reputation as great places for recreation and outdoor education.” Frisk said. “I also look forward to continuing the great partnerships the refuge has with agencies and organizations like the California Department of Fish and Game, Ducks Unlimited, California Waterfowl, The Nature Conservancy, Central Valley Habitat Joint Venture, River Partners, and California Rice Commission and many others.”

The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex is located approximately 90 miles north of the City of Sacramento. The complex, headquartered at Sacramento NWR near Willows, Calif.,  consists of five refuges and three wildlife management areas that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands in the Sacramento Valley. The complex also manages wildlife habitat on more than 30,000 acres of conservation easements in the complex.




Contact Info: Lora Haller, 530-934-2801, lora_haller@fws.gov
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