Alaska wildlife manager may get Pacific regional post

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The current Alaska director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been nominated to lead the entire Pacific region, with headquarters in Portland, Ore.

The national director of the wildlife service, Steve Williams, has proposed replacing Anne Badgely with David B. Allen, Alaska regional director for eight years and a 30-year veteran of the service. Badgely would be transferred to the Regional Ecosystem Office, also in Portland.

Slated to take Allen's job in Anchorage is Rowan Gould, now deputy regional director in Portland. He served previously in Alaska as an assistant regional director from 1987 to 1995. He coordinated the agency's activities in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, and served as the Interior Department's representative on the inter-governmental oil spill damage assessment management team.

The new assignments do not take effect until they are reviewed by the Department of the Interior's Executive Resources Board.

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