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National Elk Refuge staff enhanced

Two new staff members have joined the National Elk Refuge, filling vacancies critical to the refuge’s overall operation.

July 18, 2013 (NER 13-14)

Cris Dippel has been selected as the new Deputy Refuge Manager of the National Elk Refuge and reported to his new position on June 16, 2013. Dippel replaces Paul Santavy, who moved to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region in December 2012. In his new role, Dippel will be leading refuge operations and maintenance, including biological, range management, law enforcement, fire management, and facilities management programs. Dippel will also serve as a collateral duty Law Enforcement Officer at the National
Elk Refuge.

Dippel has been with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1989. In Colorado, he served as Refuge Manager of a National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex, which includes Browns Park and Ouray national wildlife refuges and the Colorado River Wildlife Management Area. During his last two years, he spent much of his time working with oil and gas leases in the Ouray (northeastern Utah) area.

His extensive U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service experience includes biologist and managerial positions at Tetlin NWR and Alaska Maritime NWR in Alaska, Kauai NWR Complex and French Frigate Shoals (Hawaiian Islands NWR) in Hawaii, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in Oregon, and Cabeza Prieta NWR in Arizona. Prior to his full–time work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dippel earned a B.A. degree in Environmental Biology at Greenville College in Illinois in 1984 and a M.S. from Emporia State University in Kansas in 1986.

Also new to the National Elk Refuge staff is Law Enforcement Officer Bryan Yetter. He joined the refuge staff in January 2013, coming from the National Park Service. During the past few months, Yetter has been on a work detail, completing training required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to working in National Park Service positions at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and North Cascades National Park, Yetter is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

“These are key vacancies in our small staff that we were fortunate to fill,” explained Refuge Manager Steve Kallin. “Both of our new staff members come to us with experience and skills that will be a tremendous asset to our programs.”


Last Updated: Jul 18, 2013
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