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NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES JOINED UNDER ONE HEADQUARTERS OFFICE

 MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that Sherburne and Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuges, in central Minnesota, have been combined into a refuge complex under the direction of refuge Manager Charles ("Charlie") Blair.
 Blair has been manager at the recently established Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge near Little Falls, Minn., and has previous refuge management experience from refuge assignments in Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, Alaska and Rhode Island.
 Barb Pardo, manager of Sherburne Refuge for the past year, has accepted a position at the Service's Regional Office at Fort Snelling, Minn., where she will assist coordination of joint venture projects under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
 The new assignments have provided an opportunity to begin to "reinvent Government by complexing refuges," according to Refuge Supervisor Ed Crozier, who oversees refuges in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. "We are making efforts to cut costs by looking at a variety of ways to do more with less. Combining our refuges is just one way to increase efficiency."
 Refuge Manager Blair looks forward to his added responsibility. "Combining the staff at the two refuges will increase our efficiency by reducing duplication of administrative effort and eliminating the need to have administrative, maintenance and biological staff located at both refuges," Blair said.
 Prior to moving to Minnesota a year ago, Blair served as manager at Ottawa Refuge in Ohio for four years. Blair has held refuge positions as assistant manager at Eastern Neck Refuge in Maryland, assistant manager at Bombay Hook/Prime Hook Refuges in Delaware, acting manager at Nowitna Refuge in Alaska, and manager at Ninigret Refuge Complex in Rhode Island. He has been heavily involved in the Service's "Partners for Wildlife" program which provides assistance to landowners in making their lands more productive for wildlife. Efforts during his first year at Crane Meadows have been focused on coordinating land acquisition, detailed planning and public involvement.
 Blair holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Virginia Tech. Blair and his wife, Cheryl, will continue to reside in Little Falls with their three children.
 Both offices will remain open with one biological technician working out of Crane Meadows and a staff of seven working out of Sherburne. The two refuges are about 50 miles apart.
 Complex Manager Blair can be reached at 612-389-3323 or 612-632-1575. Mailings pertaining to both refuges can be addressed to Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 17076 293rd Avenue, Zimmerman, Minnesota 55398.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa Mandell, 612-725-3701; or Susan Dreiband, 612-725-3519, both of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/


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