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Media Advisory



Secretary Jewell to Announce Conservation Success Story at Georgia’s Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge



06/24/2014



TOWNSEND, GA -- On Thursday, June 26, 2014, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge to announce an important milestone in the ongoing recovery efforts for the wood stork, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

At the time of the wood stork’s endangered listing in 1984, its population was dropping 5 percent a year and it was determined to be at risk of extinction by the year 2000. Over the past 30 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with state and local partners, have undertaken unprecedented efforts to recover the species and rebuild vital wetland habitat throughout the southeastern United States.

WHO:
Sally Jewell
, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Mark Whitney, Assistant Director, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division
Billy Brooks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Coordinator for the Wood Stork

WHAT:
Announcement Regarding the Ongoing Recovery of the Wood Stork

WHEN:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
10:15 a.m. EDT - Check-in
10:30 a.m. EDT - Announcement

WHERE:
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
5000 Wildlife Drive NE
Townsend, GA

RSVP:
Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the announcement are asked to RSVP HERE by June 25, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. EDT