October 28, 2009
Chuck Traxler, 612-713-5313
Rick Schultz Selected as Midwest Region Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System
Rick Schultz has returned to the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the Chief of Refuges after a career move that took him to Washington D.C. Schultz will oversee the management of 54 National Wildlife Refuges, 12 Wetland Management Districts and more than 300,000 acres in waterfowl production areas.
Schultz has been with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior for over 30 years. He spent over half his career working in the field on national wildlife refuges in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa.
His most recent field position was refuge manager of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge located near Minneapolis. In 2005, Rick relocated to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters in Washington, DC., where he served as Division Chief for Natural Resources and Planning for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
In 2007, he accepted the position of National Borderland Coordinator for the Deputy Secretary of Interior. In this capacity, his primary responsibility was to assist the Department of Homeland Security incorporate environmental stewardship into border security fences and operations.
Schultz commented on his return to the Midwest, “It is great to return to the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Midwest to work once again with my colleagues and friends on fish and wildlife conservation issues. I look forward to visiting the refuge and private lands field stations in the Region and learning about the challenges and opportunities that exist."
Schultz is native to Minnesota who spent many of his adolescent years in Montana enjoying the great outdoors. Under the guidance of his parents, he developed an appreciation for fishing, hunting, and other outdoor pursuits which eventually lead him to an education and career in wildlife conservation.
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