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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Appoints New Refuge Manager for Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge


May 31, 2002

Jim Brown, 404/679-7125

A 22-year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service veteran, Harold A. Morrow is the new refuge manager at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLeon Springs, Florida. For the past 4 years, Morrow has served as Deputy Project Leader at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in St. Marks, Florida.

“Harold brings a lot of experience and skills to his new position,” said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “His knowledge includes experience in forest management, conservation and protection of endangered and threatened species and their habitats, environmental education, and construction and maintenance of buildings and road facilities.”

“I’m excited about being part of a special and dynamic environmental niche of central Florida,” said Morrow.

Protection of the St. John’s River and Woodruff and Dexter Creek waterways on the Refuge will be one of Morrow’s primary tasks. The St. John’s River forms the refuge’s western boundary. The 2,200-acre Lake Woodruff, the 1,800-acre Lake Dexter, and other wetlands are located within the refuge. Another major goal will be the protection of threatened and endangered species on a refuge that has several, including West Indian manatees, snail kites, wood storks, bald eagles, eastern indigo snakes, gopher tortoises, and American alligators. Other responsibilities involve the restoration of long leaf pine habitat and public education about the refuge’s unique ecosystem.

Morrow, an Iowa native, has spent his entire career with the Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1979, he began as a temporary Biological Aid at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri Valley, Iowa and at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in Puxico, Missouri. Morrow worked at DeSoto Refuge from 1980-1989, assisting in the biological maintenance, public use, and law enforcement programs. From 1989-1991, he was Assistant Refuge Manager at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Mayville, Wisconsin. In 1991, Morrow came to the Southeast Region to serve as a Refuge Operations Specialist for St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Natchez, Mississippi. He became Deputy Project Leader of St. Marks Refuge in 1998.

Originally from Des Moines, Morrow received a bachelor’s degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa. He also attended Iowa State University in Ames where he took several courses in fisheries and wildlife management. Morrow enjoys a wide range of hobbies, including writing short stories, woodworking, playing tennis, taking nature hikes, hunting, and fishing. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Ivy and their 15-year-old son Alex.

A 21,552-acre refuge, Lake Woodruff is located 25 miles west of Daytona Beach in West Volusia County and Lake County. Several archaeological sites and large concentrations of ducks, wading birds, raptors, and deer are found on the refuge. Over 31,000 visitors annually enjoy wildlife observation, photography, hiking, hunting, and fishing at Lake Woodruff Refuge.

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 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 540 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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