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 Subject             Norton Praises President Bush's Intention to Nominate 
                     Steve Williams                                        
                     as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service     
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           


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Office of the Secretary

For Immediate Release: July 18, 2001

                                            Contact: Eric Ruff 202/208-6416


   Norton Praises President Bush's Intention to Nominate Steve Williams
             as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


(WASHINGTON) - Interior Secretary Gale Norton today praised President
George W. Bush's intention to nominate Steven A. Williams as Director of
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Williams must be confirmed by the
United States Senate before serving in the position.

"Steve Williams is an avid outdoorsman whose professional experience and
leadership skills make him an excellent candidate for Director of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service," said Secretary Norton. "In his current position
Steve has demonstrated a strong ability to bring together groups of various
interests to create opportunities as well as to resolve natural resource
issues."

Williams is Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in
Topeka.  This is a Governor's cabinet-level position responsible for the
administration of fish, wildlife, state parks, and conservation law
enforcement.  He has held the position since 1995.

Prior to his current position, Williams was Deputy Executive Director of
the Pennsylvania Game Commission from 1992-1995; Assistant Director for
Wildlife for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife from
1989-1992; and a wildlife biologist specializing in research and management
for white-tailed deer for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and
Wildlife from 1985-1989.  He served as a graduate research assistant at
Pennsylvania State University from 1981-1985, working on wildlife habitat
analysis, and also worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the
University of North Dakota from 1979-1981.

Williams, 44,  is a professionally trained wildlife manager who holds a PhD
in Forest Resources from Pennsylvania State University, an MS in biology
from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, and a BS in
Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University.  He
is a member of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies,
The Wildlife Society, and other professional and conservation related
groups.
By law, the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must have
scientific education and experience in the principles of fisheries and
wildlife management.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and
plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people.  The Service manages the 94-million acre National Wildlife Refuge
System  and enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered
Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally
significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat, 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 fish and wildlife
agencies.


                                   -DOI-


  Our mission is working with others to conserve , protect, and enhance,
fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit to
                           the American people.

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