U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces New Project Leader at Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Keith Weaver is the new Project Leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex, headquartered in Dixie, Arkansas. In his new position, Weaver oversees Bald Knob, Big Lake, Cache River, and Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuges. These refuges are located in Crittendon, Jackson, Mississippi, Monroe, Prairie, White, and Woodruff Counties.
“Keith’s 26-year career in wildlife resources management has taken him all over the eastern United states,” said Sam D. Hamilton, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. “His extensive experience in managing public lands and wildlife is invaluable to us. We look forward to benefiting from Keith’s expertise as the Service works to conserve America’s lands and wildlife on our national wildlife refuges.”
In his previous position, Weaver managed the Vermont portion of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge which spans the four state, 7.2 million-acre Connecticut River watershed. He held that job since January 2000, and was responsible for initiating operations of the 26,000-acre Nulhegan Basin Division in northeastern Vermont. While in Vermont, Weaver also taught courses in Environmental Policy and Human Dimensions in Natural Resource Management at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville.
"I hope to continue the great work that's been accomplished on national wildlife refuges in Arkansas and to continue to build strong partnerships at the federal, state, and local levels that will benefit wildlife and people,” Weaver said. “I'm also looking forward to experiencing the state's abundant fish and wildlife resources as a professional manager and as an outdoor enthusiast."
Weaver, a native of New Hanover, Pennsylvania, also has held positions with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, USDA/APHIS-Wildlife Services, and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has worked in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Maryland, as well as in Vermont and Pennsylvania. Through his career he has worked as a research technician, forestry technician, wildlife biologist, and refuge operations specialist.
Three of Weaver’s positions were with the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region. For a year, beginning in 1984, Weaver worked as a forestry technician at the Hillside National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Yazoo City, Mississippi. From 1985 until 1987, Weaver was a forestry technician at the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Tallulah, Louisiana. From 1987 until 1991, Weaver served as a wildlife biologist with the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.
Weaver holds a B.S. in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from The University of Tennessee. He is an avid hunter and enjoys jaunts with his Labrador Retriever and German Shorthaired Pointer. Weaver also enjoys wildlife observation, camping, and traveling. His wife, Tamara, a native of Columbus, Mississippi, is a critical care registered nurse.
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