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Ducks Unlimited welcomes new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director appointee

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Hamilton highly regarded by DU

Ducks Unlimited's more than 1 million supporters should be elated to hear that President Obama intends to nominate Sam D. Hamilton to be the next director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hamilton, a career senior biologist and manager with the Service, currently serves as director of the agency's Southeast Region. The nomination requires Senate confirmation.

Sam Hamilton, FWS Photo

Sam Hamilton, FWS Photo

"Sam Hamilton is the consummate professional. He has accomplished great things for wildlife in his many years of work with the Fish and Wildlife Service. I am delighted that he has been selected for this critical position," said Dr. Alan Wentz, Sr. Group Manager for Conservation, Communications and Marketing for Ducks Unlimited. "Sam has worked with Ducks Unlimited on many projects and programs over the year and we are lucky that he is willing to move into this important position."

Hamilton, who has been with the Service for 30 years, was appointed southeast regional director in Atlanta, Ga., in 1997, serving as senior operating executive with full strategic planning and management responsibility for a $484 million budget and a 1,500-person work force that operates in 10 states and the Caribbean.

"Sam Hamilton is not only a strong wildlife professional, he is also an advocate for hunting and fishing and other wildlife-based recreation," said Wentz.

Hamilton's leadership fostered creative solutions and innovation that led to the establishment of a carbon sequestration program that has helped biologists in the Southeast restore roughly 80,000 acres of wildlife habitat. His emphasis on partnership bolstered the Service's fisheries program and helped establish the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership to restore vital aquatic habitats across the region. This partnership is a key piece of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.

While offering his congratulations to Hamilton, Wentz also went on to explain DU's relationship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the future.

"Ducks Unlimited is very happy to see that a highly qualified professional has been selected as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and we look forward to continuing our long-term working relationship with Sam."

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