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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Selects Refuge Manager for Savannah Coastal Refuge Complex


November 7, 2001

Dario Bard, (404) 679-7291

James D. (Donny) Browning, a 23-year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service veteran, is the new Refuge Manager for the Savannah Coastal Refuge Complex, with offices in Savannah, Georgia. The Savannah complex includes the following National Wildlife Refuges: Savannah, Blackbeard Island, Harris Neck, Wassaw, Pinckney Island, Wolf Island, and Tybee.

"Donny has a distinguished track record as a Refuge Manager and as a consensus builder," said the Service's Southeast Regional Director, Sam D. Hamilton. "Everywhere he has worked, he has engaged local stakeholders and made the refuge a meaningful part of local communities. He is someone who understands the Southeast. In fact, Donny's return to the region is a sort of personal homecoming."

Browning comes to the job at Savannah after two years as the Regional Supervisor of the National Wildlife Refuges in Arizona and New Mexico. In the course of his Service career, he has worked at D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina, Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Mississippi, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina, and ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina. He was the very first Refuge Manager at the ACE Basin Refuge. In 1977, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Auburn University.

Browning's career has been exemplary. He received the Vice President's Hammer Award for his work on the ACE Basin Task Force and has also been presented with a Conservation Science Award by Ducks Unlimited and a LaBruce Award for Conservation by The Nature Conservancy.

Browning and his wife, Judy, have been married for 25 years. They have one daughter, Rachel.

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 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 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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