New manager chosen for Lower Suwannee refuge

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Andrew Gude is the new refuge manager for Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges in Florida. 

He is no stranger to Florida having worked previously in both the Vero Beach Ecological Services office and the Florida Keys NWRs.  

Gude is the Service's Liaison to the Department of the Interior's Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in Washington, D.C.  

He is involved with a wide range of policy issues working across all of the Service's regions as well as working on departmental priority projects, including National Ocean Policy and America's Great Outdoors.  Prior to this, he served as the Ocean and Coastal Refuge Coordinator in Washington. 

Through his previous experience working in Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. Pacific Islands, Gude played a key role on a team that secured the four large Pacific Ocean Marine National Monuments as Service-managed areas. 

By early 2009, these 305 million-acre monuments increased the refuge system's holdings by more than 50 percent. 

 Area II Manager Elizabeth Souheaver, Andrew's new supervisor, said she is, "very pleased with the selection of Andrew Gude as the new project leader of the Lower Suwannee Complex.  Andrew's past field and national experiences will be invaluable as the refuge continues to address habitat restoration and climate change issues. 

Gude brings a wide array of professional experience to his new position through his previous work as a fishery, wetlands and wildlife biologist, commercial fisherman, diving instructor, vessel captain, fishing guide, environmental educator and project manager for the Corps.  

He will begin his manager role on Sept. 25.