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December 1, 2005
Contact: Sharon Rose 303-236-4580

 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Ralph Morgenweck Accepts New Position

The Fish and Wildlife Service’s Director of the Mountain-Prairie Region announced that he accepted a new position within the agency in Denver, effective December 12.  Dr. Morgenweck’s new assignment as senior science advisor on Departmental and Service programs includes developing biological data standards for the Department of the Interior and guidelines for the implementation of the Information Quality Act.

 “Although I’ve enjoyed working with the many dedicated Service employees within this Region for the past 13 years, I am ready for new challenges and opportunities,” said Dr. Morgenweck.

Mitch King, currently Assistant Director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C., will serve as Acting Regional Director of the Mountain-Prairie Region during a 120-day detail.

Dr. Morgenweck has been Regional Director of the Mountain-Prairie Region in Denver since August 1992.  This office administers federal fish and wildlife conservation activities in eight states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.

 A native of Minnesota, Dr. Morgenweck began his career in 1975 with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in biology from St. Cloud State University, and a Ph.D. in wildlife management from the University of Minnesota.

 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.  It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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