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Necedah National Wildlife Refuge welcomes new refuge manager

May 29, 2018

Refuge Manager Tim Bodeen (right) with agency and department leadership. Photo by USFWS.
Refuge Manager Tim Bodeen (right) with agency and department leadership. Photo by USFWS.

We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region are pleased to announce that Tim Bodeen will be the new project leader for Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. With a wealth of experience as a refuge manager and a resume that spans the globe, Bodeen joins the team after five years as the project leader for Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District in Minnesota.

With almost three decades of experience moving the conservation mission forward for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American people, Bodeen understands the challenges and opportunities that are inherent in leading a team to protect special places like Necedah. Bodeen is reporting to his new position this week.

“The Midwest Region is fortunate to have an experienced project leader of Tim Bodeen’s caliber to guide the management of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Tim’s knowledge and dedication will benefit the important natural resources of the refuge and provide the visiting public a great experience,” said Regional Chief of Refuges Charlie Blair.

Bodeen grew up in Port Wing, Wisconsin along the south shore of Lake Superior, where he spent his youth exploring its backwater sloughs, rivers and woods. This was the place where he developed his passion for nature and the great outdoors.

“It has always been a goal of mine to manage a refuge in my home State of Wisconsin. I look forward to working with Necedah staff, partners, volunteers and friends to manage its tremendous natural resources and recreational opportunities,” said Bodeen.

After high school Bodeen joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as deep sea diver and conducted underwater operations throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans from 1980 to 1984. After completing his Navy enlistment, Bodeen completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He and his wife married while students and after graduation, joined the Peace Corps together in Tanzania, East Africa.

After leaving the Peace Corps, Bodeen landed his first job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a biological technician in Montana at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center in 1991. After working for two years as a biological technician, Bodeen transferred to the National Wildlife Refuge System as a Refuge Operations Specialist at the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District. There he had the opportunity to develop the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.

Bodeen has served as Supervisory Park Ranger at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa, Project Leader for the proposed Grand Kankakee Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Hawaii, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Washington and served as the Pacific Region Assistant Refuge Supervisor in Oregon. In 2008, Bodeen served as the Project Leader for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and in 2013, headed to the Twin Cities to lead Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District where he served as project leader until accepting his new role at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.

Bodeen spends his free time gardening, hunting waterfowl and pheasants, restoring habitat on the family's organic farm, watching Packer and Badger games, and simply enjoying family.