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January 23, 2001

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Names Robert Muth, Ph.D.
Program Director for
Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program


LAKEWOOD, Colo.--Robert Muth, Ph.D., has been named program director of the Upper Colorado River Recovery Program effective January 28, 2001, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. Muth replaces Henry Maddux who is now supervisor of the Service’s Field Office in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Recovery Program is a cooperative program involving federal and state agencies, environmental groups and water and power-user organizations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Its purpose is to recover four species of endangered fish – the Colorado pikeminnow, razorback sucker, humpback chub and bonytail – while allowing development of water resources for human uses.

Muth has been involved with the Recovery Program since its inception. Most recently, he served as instream flow/nonnative fishes coordinator for the Program, a role he held since March 1999. Before that, Muth was senior staff fishery biologist for endangered species with the Ecological Services Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Field Office in Salt Lake City. Before that he worked 17 years at Colorado State University where he was a research associate and lecturer with the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology and director and associate administrator of the Larval Fish Laboratory. His experience also includes two years as a fishery researcher with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks in Yankton.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Muth assume the helm of the Recovery Program," said Director Ralph Morgenweck, Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "He brings more than 24 years of experience as a fishery professional. He is an expert in the biology, ecology, management and recovery of endangered and other native fishes in the American West and Southwest, with emphasis on the Colorado River system."

Muth earned a doctorate in fishery and wildlife biology from Colorado State University. He completed a master’s degree in biology from the University of South Dakota and a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Dakota State University. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, reports, papers and other professional contributions. He is a member of the American Fisheries Society, the Desert Fishes Council, the Society of Conservation Biology and the Southwestern Association of Naturalist.

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 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 530 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 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 governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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