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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Selects New Native American Liaison for Southeast Region


November 23, 2004

Elsie Davis,


Kyla Hastie is the new Native American Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region. She resumes her new duties on November 29, 2004.

“Hastie’s work with partnerships combined with her biology background will contribute greatly to our Regional team,” said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director. "Working with Tribal and State agencies to conserve fish, wildlife and habitat is paramount to the success of the Service."

She will be responsible for working with Native American Tribes in the Southeast to develop partnership activities and implementing the Service’s Tribal grants programs. Hastie will also focus on strengthening partnerships with outreach and public affairs specialists in statenatural resource management agencies within the Region.

Dr. Jim Brown, who was the first Native American Liaison in the Southeast, will retire on January 3.

Hastie began her career with the Service as the public affairs officer for Georgia Ecological Services. She then moved to the National Wildlife Refuge System to coordinate Southeast Region's Centennial Campaign, Friends groups and refuge special events.

Hastie is a native of Huntsville, Texas . She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science from Indiana University ’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She began her career in conservation with The Nature Conservancy. Hastie lives with her husband Keith, a contaminants biologist with the Service, and daughter Emma, 3, in Athens, Georgia.

Kyla Hastie
Kyla Hastie


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