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Refuge Manager Announced for Newest National Wildlife Refuge


June 30, 2003

Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291
Refuge Manager: Steve Miller, 256/848-7085 or 0633

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced Steve Miller, an eight-year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service veteran, as manager for the just dedicated Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge.

“Steve is well qualified to take on the task of starting and establishing a new refuge on former army installations,” said Sam D. Hamilton, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. “Mountain Longleaf was formerly known as the Army’s Fort McClellan. In Steve’s previous position as Assistant Manager of Big Oaks Refuge in Madison, Indiana, he helped establish the refuge on what had been the Army’s Jefferson Proving Ground.”

Miller plans to work closely with the Army to clear the refuge of all unexploded ordnance and contaminants so that the community can visit and enjoy the 9,016-acre refuge, possibly within a year. He also plans to involve the public in planning future public recreation activities, such as deer hunting. In addition, Miller plans to utilize controlled burns to create and restore the longleaf pine forests on the refuge. Longleaf pine habitat is essential to the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker that was once found in the area, and Miller hopes to eventually establish the species on the refuge. As Project Leader of the Central Alabama National Wildlife Refuge Complex, he will also supervise the management of Cahaba and Watercress Darter refuges.

“I look forward to working with the citizens of Anniston and the surrounding communities to create a refuge which will make all of Alabama proud,” says Miller. “My family and I are excited to be living in a part of the state that is well-known for its culture, scenic beauty, and abundant wildlife.”

In addition to his previous position as Assistant Manager of Big Oaks Refuge in Indiana, Miller has served as a Service Fish and Wildlife Biologist in the Sacramento, California and Bloomington, Indiana Ecological Services Offices. He holds a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Purdue University. He is originally from Pleasant, Indiana. He and his wife, Melody have a one-year-old son Judd. They enjoy hiking, hunting, and camping.

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