March 20th, 2012
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced the selection of James (Jim) Kurth as the agency’s Chief for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Kurth, a 32-year veteran of the Refuge System, has served as the Service’s deputy chief for the Refuge System since 1999.
As Chief, Kurth will lead the management of the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife and plants. The 108-year-old Refuge System comprises more than 150 million acres and 555 units. There is a national wildlife refuge in every state and U.S. territories.