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Aug. 15, 1997

Henry Maddux, (303) 236-2985, ext. 223
Connie Young, (303) 236-2985, ext. 227

New director named to endangered fish program

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Henry Maddux has been named director of the Upper Colorado River Recovery Program, a multi-agency program aimed at recovering endangered fish while allowing for future water development.

He begins his duties Aug. 18, replacing John Hamill, who took another position with the Service earlier this year. Maddux's new job involves supervising a staff of six and working with managers from federal, state and local government agencies and private organizations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

"This is a complex job requiring knowledge of endangered fish recovery and Western water law and the ability to work well with a wide array of people," said Ralph Morgenweck, the Fish and Wildlife Service's regional director. "I feel confident that Henry has what it takes to do the job well."

One of the issues facing Maddux involves identifying ways to control the impact of non-native fish while maintaining sport-fishing opportunities. Another pressing concern for the Recovery Program and its participants involves meeting future water needs for endangered fish and for people, especially with continued human population growth, Maddux said. " I believe that protecting our natural resources provides long-term benefits for the country, and that partnerships like this program give us the best chance to accomplish that," Maddux said.

Maddux got his start with the Arizona Game and Fish Department working with trout and endangered fish in the Grand Canyon. In 1991, he took a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Salt Lake City, working on endangered species issues. Since September 1995, Maddux worked in the Service's Grand Junction, Colo., office as a fishery biologist dealing with endangered Colorado River fish.

The Upper Colorado River Recovery Program was established in 1988 to recover the endangered Colorado squawfish, razorback sucker, bonytail and humpback chub while also providing water for human uses. Participating agencies and groups provide funding for endangered fish recovery through research, acquiring stream flows, improving habitat, building hatcheries and stocking the rare fish and through working to limit the impact of non-native fish species.

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