New Project Leader Announced for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex National Wildlife Refuge
For Immediate Release
September 9, 2013
DENVER – David Lucas has been selected to be the new Project Leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Complex (RMA). The Complex includes the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Rocky Flats, and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuges. Lucas has been at the RMA since January 2013 as the acting project leader and has been with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for thirteen years. He has served in Anchorage, Atlanta, Denver, and Washington. He began his career with the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources before moving to the Service. His work assignments have ranged from field work to policy issues at the headquarters level. Lucas is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team where he helped oversee operations on the West Fork fire complex in southern Colorado this year and five western wildfires in 2012 including the High Park Fire outside of Fort Collins.
“Our national wildlife refuges located along Denver’s Front Range are unique for so many reasons. There is no other place in the United States where almost 25,000 acres has been set aside in the middle of a metropolitan area for the primary purpose of conserving fish and wildlife,” said Lucas. “We want to use these urban wildlife refuges to connect millions of people to conservation and the outdoors.”
During his career Lucas oversaw some of the largest land protection efforts by the Service in recent history; establishing five new units of the National Wildlife Refuge System that will eventually protect up to five million acres of important fish and wildlife habitat in the West. Over the years, he has also overseen wildfires, hurricane recovery efforts and acted as the Department of the Interior’s incident commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. David has a biology degree and a Master's in Public Administration. He resides in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood with his wife and two daughters and enjoys all forms of outdoor recreation most recently focusing on trout fishing.