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USFWS names new program asst. regional director for eco services



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region


           NEWS RELEASE


For Immediate Release
November 25, 1998
EA98-82

Contact:
Scott Flaherty, 612/713-5309
Scott_Flaherty@fws.mail.gov


CHARLIE WOOLEY NAMED NEW PROGRAM
ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR
ECOLOGICAL SERVICES

Charlie Wooley, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, has been named as Region 3 Program
Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services,
announced Regional Director William Hartwig.

Wooley, of Okemos, Michigan, has been a field
supervisor at the Service's Ecological Services Field
Office in East Lansing, Michigan, since 1991.  In his new
role, Wooley will be an advocate for the Region's
ecological services issues and policy which include:
Natural Resource Damage Assessments; threatened and
endangered species listings and delistings; consultations
and recovery; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
evaluation for federal projects; spill response and
contaminant investigations; wetland protection through
Clean Water Act Section 404 permit review; and license
development for hydroelectric power.  Ecological
Services in Region 3 includes 8 field offices, 2 sub-offices
and an annual budget of approximately $12 million.

Wooley also will temporarily assume the duties of the
Program Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries, which
includes six fish hatcheries, eight fishery resource offices,
two biological stations, and one fish health center.

Charlie Wooley began his career with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service in 1978 and has worked as a fishery
biologist with anadromous fish in Alaska, Florida, and
Maryland.  He also served as a Program Analyst in
Washington, D.C., where he worked with the President's
Domestic Policy Council's Interagency Task Force on
Wetlands and the House of Representative's Merchant
Marine Fisheries Committee.

Region 3, the Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, includes the midwest states of
Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan and Ohio.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal
agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and
enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the
continuing benefit of the American people.  The Service
manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System comprising more than 500 national wildlife
refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special
management areas.  It also operates 66 national fish
hatcheries and 78 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 Aid program that
distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes
on fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife
agencies.


Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Bldg.
1 Federal Drive, Ft. Snelling, MN 55111
Contact External Affairs:
Telephone (612) 713-5360
TDD (612) 713-5318
Fax: (612) 713-5280
E-mail: r3_pao@mail.fws.gov

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