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Sarah Clardy New Refuge Manager of Three Alabama Refuges

October 19, 2011


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Sarah Clardy. Photo: USFWS.

Sarah Clardy, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been named as the refuge manager for Mountain Longleaf, Cahaba River and Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuges in Alabama.  These refuges are part of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex. She began her duties on September 25, 2011. 

“Sarah brings years of field and regional office experience that will enhance her ability to create opportunities and address challenges in managing these refuges,” says Dwight Cooley, Project Leader of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  “We are excited to have her join our management team.”

Sarah most recently served as the Service’s Southeast Region Asset Management Coordinator for refuges in Atlanta assisting the field in completing construction and maintenance projects.  She began her Service career at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi working with red-cockaded woodpeckers, visitor services and the hunt program.  She also helped create and teach an environmental education curriculum for the Starkville School District's Noxubee Conservation Center located on the refuge. 

In 2002, she began work at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Florida, and was involved in many aspects of refuge, partner and resource management for the five refuge complex.  During her five years in Florida, she worked on issues related to endangered species, including the West Indian manatee and the Whooping crane.  In 2008, Sarah became the refuge manager for Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, where she managed issues including cooperative farming for waterfowl and moist soil management. 

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge is located within the Southern Appalachian Mountain Range between Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama, on the former military area of Fort McClellan.  It includes the only remaining stands of old growth mountain longleaf pine forest.  The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is located in Bibb County, Alabama, just north of the Little Cahaba and Cahaba Rivers.  The stretch of river through the refuge is extremely rich in species diversity and provides habitat for five federally listed species.  Located in Jefferson County, Alabama, the Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for the endangered watercress darter, a small colorful fish only found in five sites in the upper Black Warrior River drainage near Birmingham, Alabama.

"I am blessed with the opportunity to work at these refuges.  They are uniquely beautiful places,” says Sarah Clardy.  “I look forward to learning the issues and getting to know the refuge complex staff and members of the community.”

Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Sciences from Mississippi State University.  A native of Pearl, Mississippi, Sarah is a Registered Yoga Teacher and enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, singing, swimming and traveling.

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