Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

For Immediate Release

January 22, 2013


Leith Edgar 303.236.4588;

Will Meeks Named Assistant Regional Director for Refuges of the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region


Will Meeks, ARD for Refuges, Mountain-Prairie Region
Will Meeks, Assistant Regional Director for Refuges - Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Widllife Service

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) has announced the selection of Will Meeks as the new assistant regional director for Refuges in the Mountain-Prairie Region, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Mountain-Prairie Region includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

Meeks, who has more than 18 years of experience working for the Service, has held various positions during his Service career including private lands biologist, refuge wildlife biologist, refuge manager, branch chief, deputy division chief and project leader. He currently serves at the project leader of the Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) in Bismarck, N.D., where he has distinguished himself as the leader of a science-support organization. 

Prior to assuming the role of Project Leader for HAPET, Meeks gained invaluable experience working in Headquarters as both the deputy division chief for Natural Resources and Conservation Planning, and as branch chief for the Branch of Wildlife Resources. Meeks also directed the Planning Branch of the Refuge System, which included Comprehensive Conservation Plan development as well as land acquisition planning efforts in support of America’s Great Outdoors initiative.

Meeks has also served as deputy refuge manager at Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Alaska and refuge manager at Lostwood NWR. Meeks’ career has exposed him to almost every facet of the National Wildlife Refuge System, including experience with a remote Alaskan refuge and with wetland management districts in the Dakotas, the Refuge fire program, the new Inventory & Monitoring program, as well as the Service’s planning and land acquisition efforts.

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