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The Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Lakewood, Colorado 80228

July 23, 2001
Contact: Dan Sobieck 612-713-5403
Chris Tollefson, 303-236-7905


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region welcomes Dan Sobieck as its new Assistant Regional Director for External Affairs. Leaving the Twin Cities, Minnesota, office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sobieck is eager to head west and concentrate his efforts on fish and wildlife issues in the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota.

"Dan’s expertise in national wildlife refuges, endangered species and many of the other Service programs will be very beneficial to our region," said Ralph Morgenweck, director of the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region. "As director of our regional external affairs program, he will have a critical role in ensuring our public, stakeholders and many partners are kept informed as we administer Service programs important to the West," Morgenweck added.

"I’m really looking forward to getting out in the field and working with the many people who make up this great mountain-prairie region," said Sobieck. "Along with many natural resource challenges, we also have some tremendous partnership opportunities with American Indian tribes, States and the corporate community. We intend to take full advantage of these opportunities," he added.

As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System’s 100th birthday is quickly approaching in 2003, and activities are currently underway nationwide to help celebrate this occasion, Sobieck will be working on activities covering the over 55 national wildlife refuges in the mountain-prairie’s 8-state region. In addition, he will be working to provide the public with the most current and accurate information on threatened and endangered species, to work closely with each of the eight states in the mountain-prairie region on issues vital to both the Service and the States, and to assist the fisheries, migratory bird and law enforcement programs.

Sobieck graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1982. He spent several years as a nationally-published outdoor writer, writing on subjects that included hunting, fishing, trapping, black-powder firearms, and wildlife damage control. Beginning in 1983 through 1997, Sobieck worked for the Internal Revenue Service as a technical manager, branch chief, disability program manager, equal employment opportunity officer, and public affairs specialist for the states of Minnesota and North and South Dakota. He began his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1997 as regional outreach coordinator in the Great Lakes region.

Married with one son, Sobieck, an avid angler, fly fisherman and hunter, is active in Capable Partners, a nonprofit organization which provides assisted hunting and fishing opportunities for people with disabilities. In addition, he is or has been a member of Pheasants Forever, Inc., Ducks Unlimited, Minnesota Waterfowl Association, Minnesota Trappers Association and other wildlife-oriented groups.

Sobieck will be reporting to his office in the mile high city in early September.

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