New manager named for three northeastern NC refuges

Published 8:06 am Sunday, April 12, 2020

Kendall Smith was recently named refuge manager for Mattamuskeet, Swan Quarter and Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuges.

His selection was a homecoming of sorts, as he was introduced to the refuge as an intern leading a crew of Youth Conservation Corps participants during the summer of 1996.

He began his official career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1997 as a cooperative education student while attending North Carolina State University, where he received his undergraduate degree in wildlife sciences.

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After graduation, he worked at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida and Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.

For the past 14 years, he has served as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in eastern North Carolina working with private landowners.

While not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, biking and working with children at church and in his local community.

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