US Fish & Wildlife Service logo
Southeast Region US Fish & Wildlife Service header


New Refuge Manager Selected for Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi



April 19, 2004

Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291


Henry Sansing, former manager of Sequoyah and Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern Oklahoma and a 15-year Fish and Wildlife Service veteran, is now the new manager of Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Sansing replaced Jim Tisdale who retired in January of this year. Tisdale still resides in the local community and continues to play an active role in the refuge friends group.

“Henry started his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service career at Noxubee, and we’re excited to welcome him home,” said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director. “He has a lot of experience because he has worked at a variety of refuges in several areas of the country.”

Sansing has worked in five states and on eight national wildlife refuges, ranging from the bottomlands of Arkansas to the sandhills of South Carolina and the coast of Florida to the Oklahoma highlands. A 1989 graduate of Mississippi State University, Sansing has a wife, Marion, and one son, Sidney.

“I’m looking forward to working with the new friends group and taking a refuge management program that’s always been good, and looking for ways to make it better if at all possible,” said Sansing. “Also, I plan to continue the Refuge’s long-standing relationship with Mississippi State University and provide additional research opportunities that will be mutually beneficial.”

Sansing expressed enthusiasm about tackling many of the challenges faced with managing a refuge located near a fast growing urban center and sees a great opportunity for the Refuge to develop new public use opportunities while strengthening traditional programs such as hunting and fishing. He began his new position on February 23, 2004.

The 48,000-acre Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1940, is home to more than 250 different bird species and provides outdoor opportunities for more than 150,000 visitors annually. The refuge is comprised of bottomland and upland hardwoods, pinelands, green-tree reservoirs, lakes, wetlands, and impoundments that provide important habitat for the American alligator, bald eagle, and wintering waterfowl. Noxubee Refuge also provides habitat for the red-cockaded woodpecker and the wood stork, both endangered species.

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, which encompasses more than 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 81 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.

Henry Sansing


For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our home page at or

NOTE: You can view our releases or subscribe to receive them -- via e-mail -- at the Service's Southeast Regional home page at Our national home page is at:

Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: 404/679-7289 Fax: 404/679-7286

Graphic for Clickable Items Click for Privacy Statement Click here for Freedom of Information Act Statement Click here for Disclaimer Statement Click here to Contact the Southeast Region Click here for Sitemap Click here for the Search Engine for US Fish and Wildlife Service Click here for the Regions in the US Fish and Wildlife Service