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Posted on Sun, Jun. 02, 2002

OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: Jones rejoins FWS staff
Longtime wildlife manager becomes Dakotas refuge coordinator
Herald Staff and Wire Reports

After leaving a job with the Delta Waterfowl Foundation in 2001, one of North Dakota's most respected wildlife managers has gone back to work, this time for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agency announced last week that it has hired Lloyd Jones as refuge coordinator for North and South Dakota. In his new position, Jones will work with refuge programs in wildlife management and law enforcement, and serve as liaison with organizations and other agencies interested in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

In the Dakotas, the service manages 69 national wildlife refuges, more than 2,000 waterfowl production areas, and has 22,000 wetland and grassland conservation easements. Jones, of Bald-

win, N.D., will work out of the service's Bismarck office.

"An important part of the continental migratory bird habitat is in the Dakotas and is associated with refuge programs," Jones said. "I look forward to ensuring these programs continue to be successful, and that we have ongoing progress in habitat conservation well into the future."

A veteran wildlife manager, Jones worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service from 1973 to 1989, served as director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department from 1989 to 1993, and was vice president of Delta Waterfowl Foundation from 1993 to 2001.

In previous interviews with the Herald, Jones said he had turned down offers to work as a wildlife manager in other states after leaving Delta because he wanted to remain in North Dakota.

"I feel especially fortunate to be able to live and work in the prairies," Jones said. "North and South Dakota are key areas for wildlife resources, and the quality of living here simply can't be beat."
 
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