U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Selects Project Manager for a New National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Southwest Louisiana
April 20, 2004
Donald J. Voros, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service veteran for more than 26 years, has been selected as the new project manager of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Cameron and Vermillion Parishes. The new complex combines Sabine, Lacassine and Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuges, with the headquarters at Cameron Prairie in Bell City. In his new position, Voros will also maintain administrative coordination with the State’s Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. Collectively, these four refuges contain some of the most valuable and complex wetlands in the nation.
“Don brings years of experience and talent, as a field person and an administrator, to his new position as manager of three Louisiana refuges. He has worked at several Southeastern refuges, and we’re excited to welcome him back to our region,” said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director.
Voros began his new position on April 4, 2004. Previously, he was stationed in the Service’s Pacific Regional Office in Portland, Oregon, and he served as the Columbia Basin National Wildlife Refuge Supervisor with oversight responsibilities for all National Wildlife Refuges in eastern Washington and Oregon, the State of Idaho, and northern Nevada.
For more than 13 years, Voros worked as a refuge officer or manager at Swanquarter, Mattmuskeet, and Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina; Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana; Santee National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina; Okeefenokee and Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuges in Georgia and Florida; and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. He has also been an administrator for over 13 years. In addition to his most recent position as Columbia Basin National Wildlife Refuge Supervisor, he has served as Deputy Assistant Regional Director for the Federal Subsistence Program in Anchorage, Alaska, and as Chief of the Branch of Wildlife Management for the National Wildlife Refuge System, Washington, D.C.
“I am looking forward to working with a creative and spirited staff of individuals, Congressional members and staff, other government officials, and the community as we continue doing great things for the conservation of southwest Louisiana’s natural resources,” said Voros.
Voros and his wife are no strangers to the Southeast. They were married in Louisiana while Don was serving as a Refuge Manager at Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge. They are excited to return to the south, particularly Louisiana, with their daughter and son.
Voros graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources, majoring in Wildlife Management. He also achieved an Associates Degree majoring in chemistry from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland Ohio. For more than three years, he served in the United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets) as an engineer.
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 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management 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 Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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