January 11, 2017 (NER 17-02)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Brian Glaspell has been selected to serve as the Refuge Manager at the National Elk Refuge, replacing Steve Kallin who recently retired. Glaspell, a 15-year veteran of federal service, is currently the Refuge Manager at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Glaspell will oversee all aspects of management of the 24,700 Wyoming wildlife refuge.
Glaspell has been at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge since April 2013, providing overall leadership and day-to-day administration for the 19.6 million acre wildlife refuge. There, he handled intense national and international media coverage and frequent Congressional communication. He led numerous visits by public officials, including members of Congress and Cabinet officials. Under Glaspell's leadership, the Refuge finalized its Comprehensive Conservation Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, and Wilderness recommendation, which received a combined 900,000 public comments.
In 2016, Glaspell accepted a 120-day work detail as Acting Deputy Regional Director the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Region. During his detail, he supervised the regional leadership team and regularly coordinated with the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Interior officials, and the Alaska Governor's office.
Glaspell served in Alaska in two previous positions, as both a Supervisory Ranger & Visitor Services Manager at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and a Regional Social Scientist in the Division of Conservation Planning and Policy. His work experience includes a two-year term in Wyoming from June 2011 through April 2013 as the Recreation, Wilderness, Volunteers, and Partners Program Manager on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. He also worked as a Resource Management Scientist at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in Missoula, Montana in 2002.
Glaspell holds several degrees in natural resource management, including a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Doctorate from the University of Montana.
Glaspell will begin his new position in February.
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