Fish & Wildlife appoints new Native liason

Posted: Friday, September 03, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Region has appointed Crystal A.P. Leonetti as the Alaska Region's Native Liaison.

Her job will involve strengthening Fish and Wildlife Service's grants program in Alaska plus assisting in building and maintaining relations with Alaska tribes, Native organizations and indigenous peoples.

Leonetti has previously served as the Native liaison and cultural resources coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. While there, she proposed and helped produce the "Indigenous Stewardship Methods and NRCS Conservation Practices Guidebook."

In a press release, Service Alaska regional director Geoff Haskett said, "Crystal Leonetti is a wonderful addition to the Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska family. I will be relying upon her judgment and expertise as the Service continues to work with the various Alaska Native communities, which are among our most valued partners in conservation, and share with the Service concerns for many of the challenges facing fish, wildlife and habitats in our state."

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