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New Deputy Refuge Supervisor for KY, TN, AR, LA

May 31, 2012


Durwin Carter stands smiling shyly in uniform

Durwin Carter. Photo used by permission of Maureen Mulligan. Download.

Durwin Carter, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the new Deputy Supervisor of Area 1 for the Southeast Region's National Wildlife Refuge System.  Beginning June 18, 2012, he will help lead more than 250 staff members on 39 refuges in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Carter has worked with the National Wildlife Refuge System during his entire career with the Service.  For the last four years, he served as the Project Leader for the Holla Bend and Logan Cave National Wildlife Refuges in Arkansas.

"Durwin's leadership skills in managing wildlife and their habitats and in community outreach will benefit everyone under his supervision," said Cindy Dohner, the Service's Southeast Regional Director.  "In his previous position, he guided local high school and college students to careers with the National Wildlife Refuge System and helped establish a group of community volunteers for Holla Bend Refuge, known as The Friends of Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge."

Prior to serving as the Project Leader for Holla Bend and Logan Cave Refuges, Carter served as the Refuge Manager at Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, in Mississippi.  He also worked as a Biological Services Technician and Refuge Operations Specialist at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama.

“Durwin's common sense, hands-on experience, and communication skills will make him an asset to this part of our region and our entire leadership team," said David Viker, Southeast Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Originally from Maryland, Carter also worked as a Research Technician at the Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway in Newton, Georgia.  He completed his longleaf pine-related thesis there.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia College in Milledgeville, and a Master of Science in Biology from State University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
Carter and his wife Maureen have two children, a son, aged 9, and a daughter, aged 7.  When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

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