New manager named for Innoko wildlife refuge

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Innoko National Wildlife Refuge in the western Interior is getting a new manager.

Bill Schaff is transferring to Alaska from Kansas, where he has headed the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which runs the refuge. Schaff has been with the agency for more than 20 years.

The Innoko refuge covers about four million acres in two sections in the central Yukon River valley.

Wetlands comprise about 80 percent of the refuge, where about 250,000 waterfowl nest each year.

The refuge also has bears, wolves, caribou and moose.

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