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New Refuge Manager Named for Catahoula


November 29, 2001

Christine Eustis, 404/679-7287

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proud to announce that Andrew Hammond, an 11-year Service veteran, has been selected to manage the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge in Jena, Louisiana. He begins his new duties on December 2.

“I am very pleased that Andrew has accepted the job,” said Sam D. Hamilton, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. “Throughout his career, Andrew has admirably demonstrated an outstanding ability to work well with local communities and involve them in the management of their local wildlife refuge. He also has a great deal of experience when it comes to developing new refuges, and that will prove extremely valuable at Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge, where we have recently acquired the 18,000-acre Bushley Bayou tract.”

The Bushley Bayou addition to Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge is the result of a special partnership with American Electric Power. The partnership aims to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere through reforestation efforts and the significant addition of wildlife habitat to the National Wildlife Refuge System. Hammond will be responsible for managing these lands and providing the public with additional hunting and fishing opportunities.

“I look forward to working with the community and partnering with interested groups to manage and protect the resources of the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge,” said Hammond.

Hammond comes to the job after four years at the North Louisiana Refuges Complex near Farmerville, where he served most recently as Refuge Manager for Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge. During the course of his Service career, Hammond has worked as a range technician and assistant refuge manager at the Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Louisiana, and as the Forester for the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Louisiana Tech University in 1987, and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Louisiana State University in 1990.

Hammond and his wife, Leisl, have been married for 10 years. They have two sons, Seth, age 5, and Will, age 2. Andrew enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Established in 1968, Catahoula refuge encompasses 43,043 acres spanning two parishes, LaSalle and Catahoula. Comprised of lowland hardwood forest habitat, the refuge provides wintering grounds for migratory waterfowl along the Mississippi Flyway. Waterfowl populations of over 100,000 ducks, including mallards and wood ducks, have been recorded. Other wildlife found at the refuge include white-tail deer, water birds, song birds, and alligators. More than 40,000 annual visitors enjoy an auto tour route, hiking, fishing, small game hunting, photography, and wildlife observation.

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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