June 17, 1997

Diana M. Hawkins or

Vicki M. Boatwright


H. Dale Hall

H. Dale Hall has been named the Southeast Deputy Regional Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service. The Region is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

In his new position, Hall is responsible for assisting the regional director in directing the Service's fish, wildlife and habitat conservation, protection and enhancement activities in 10 southeastern states, one commonwealth and one U.S. territory. He succeeds Jerome M. Butler, who accepted a position in Washington, D.C. in June 1997.

Prior to joining the Service in 1978, Hall, a native of Kentucky, did a 4-year stint with the U.S. Air Force beginning in 1968, with overseas assignments in Italy and the Philippines. After returning to civilian life in 1972, he managed catfish farms in the Delta region of Mississippi for Eden Fisheries and Farm Fish, Inc.

During his first assignment with the Service, he worked in the wetlands of the Lower Mississippi Valley. He transferred to Texas in 1982, where as the senior staff biologist he supervised the Houston field office for 4 years. During his Houston assignment, Hall was honored as one of the Service's 10 most outstanding merit pay employees for 1986.

In 1987, Hall became the Deputy Assistant Director for Fisheries in the Service's Washington, D.C., office, where he played a major role in developing the Service's policy for management of the Nation's fisheries facilities including the Service's 75 national fish hatcheries, 48 Fish and Wildlife management assistance offices, 4 technology development centers, and 11 fish health centers.

Hall moved to Portland, Oregon, in January l991, where as the Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services for the Pacific Region, he managed the Service's activities relating to the northern spotted owl, desert tortoise, endangered Hawaiian birds, and other listed species. He was also responsible for the regulation of the Region's wetlands, environmental contaminants issues and Federal water projects. Under his guidance, more than 300 new species were placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act and nearly $200 million in environmental contaminant cleanup settlements were reached with parties responsible for the pollution.

During his last 3 years of service in the Pacific Region, Hall directly supervised all Service activities in the Klamath Ecoregion and in the State of California, with the exception of law enforcement. His responsibilities included managing the implementation of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and water resource settlements under what has become known as the CALFED/Bay-Delta program. The Service anticipates that in partnership with Federal, State and private interests, it will jointly undertake more than $1 billion in fish and wildlife restoration activities in California over the next 20 years. In February 1996, Department of the Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt presented Hall with the Department's Meritorious Service Award for the role he played in the President's Northwest Forest Plan.

With the exception of the time he served in the military on active duty overseas and the 6 years he recently spent in the Northwest, Hall has lived his entire life in the South and is proud of his Southern heritage.

The Service's Southeast Region encompasses Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hall will assist the regional director in overseeing Service efforts in eleven ecosystems that range in diversity from the hardwoods of the Lower Mississippi River to the subtropics of south Florida.

Hall received a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and a master's degree in fisheries science from Louisiana State University. He is the author of several published papers on wetlands, fisheries ecology and other topics and has taught a number of courses on wetlands identification and delineation.

Hall and his wife, Sarah, who hails from Bunkie, Louisiana, are parents to two daughters, Erin (17) and Emily (8) and son, Adam (13). His outside interests extend to hunting, fishing and observing wildlife and nature.


Release #: R97-61

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