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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Gets New Manager


March 23, 2010


Andy Loranger has been selected as the new Refuge Manager for the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, headquartered in
Soldotna, Alaska. Mr. Loranger assumed his duties at Kenai Refuge on March
14th.

“Andy’s career with the Service spans more than 30 years,” said the
agency’s Alaska Regional Director Geoffrey L. Haskett, “and included stints
at Nowitna and Kenai refuges in the 80’s and 90’s. We’re fortunate to have
someone with his experience and dedication taking the reins at Alaska’s
busiest refuge, and I’m happy to be able to welcome him back to our state.”

Andy Loranger most recently served in the National Wildlife Refuge System’s
Washington, D.C. Headquarters as Chief of the Division of Natural Resources
and Conservation Planning, a position to which he was appointed in 2008.
He began his Service career as a seasonal biological technician on the
Benson Wetland Management District in west-central Minnesota, and has
worked for the agency in Texas and Arizona as well as Alaska. He has an
M.S. in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Connecticut.

“I left Alaska in 1992,” he said, “and I’ve been hoping to come back ever
since. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place and valued by
the hundreds of thousands of people who visit it every year to fish, hunt,
hike, canoe, and otherwise take advantage of its abundant beauty and
natural resources. I look forward to learning how the area has changed
since I was last here, and to doing my part to make sure the Refuge
maintains its place as one of the special jewels of the National Wildlife
Refuge System.”

Often referred to as “Alaska in Miniature” because it includes many of the
ecosystems found across the state, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was
established as the Kenai National Moose Range in 1941. Nearly two million
acres in size, the Refuge has recently benefited from funding through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, much of which will go to improve
public use cabins and other visitor facilities.

Media representatives can obtain a photo of Andy Loranger by contacting
Bruce Woods at the phone number above.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to
conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for
the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and
trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific
excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated
professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our
work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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