FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2009
Bruce Freske, 320-589-1001
Chuck Traxler, 612-713-5313
Bruce Freske New Manager at Morris Wetland Management District
Bruce Freske recently began duties as the new manager of the Morris Wetland Management District. Bruce began his career with the Fish and Wildlife Service as a student trainee at Green Bay Ecological Services in 1987, followed by assignments at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois River National Wildlife Refuge, Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District, and Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge.
Freske most recently transferred from the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Complex located in Swan Quarter, North Carolina, where he served as the manager for the past 5 1/2 years.
Originally from western Minnesota, Freske was raised on the prairie where he hunted and explored sloughs, creeks, and Waterfowl Production Areas. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology.
“I have always been fascinated by the tremendous fertility of the prairie and amazed to this day that even a simple drainage ditch could harbor enough wildlife to keep a pack of children entertained year after year. I am thrilled to be back to my roots and excited to have the opportunity to help manage and restore prairie habitats for wildlife and people”, stated Freske.
The Morris Wetland Management District manages 245 Waterfowl Production Areas totaling over 50,000 acres across an eight county region in west-central Minnesota. The District also oversees 20,000 acres of wetland and habitat easements located on private lands. Waterfowl Production Areas are purchased with money from the sale of federal duck stamps and are dedicated to wildlife and wildlife dependent recreation.
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