FWS appointment regards conservation, science-support experience for Mountain-Prairie Refuges management

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday the selection of Will Meeks as the new assistant regional director for Refuges in the Mountain-Prairie region.

Meeks has over 18 years of experience in the FWS. Among the many positions he has held, he  has worked as the deputy division chief for Natural Resources and Conservation Planning and branch chief for Wildlife Resources. He directed the planning branch of the Refuge System, which included comprehensive conservation plan development and land acquisition planning efforts in support of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative.

Additionally, Meeks served as deputy refuge manager of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and refuge manager of the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge. His career has exposed him to almost every facet of the national wildlife refuge system, from the remote Alaskan wilderness to the wetlands of the Dakotas, the refuge fire program and inventory and monitoring program.

He currently serves as project leader of the Habitat and Population Evaluation Team in Bismarck, N.D., where he has distinguished himself as the leader of a science-support organization.

Headquartered in Denver, Colo., the FWS Mountain-Prairie Region includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Utah.

Submitted by: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

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