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Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Welcomes New Deputy Manager, David Farmer

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is welcoming a new deputy manager.

David Farmer replaces Ralph Bryant who retired in May. Farmer officially started his job at the refuge this month.

He will oversee all the refuge operations including; supervising visitor services, maintenance, and the law enforcement program. He says, although he knows there's a lot in store for him, his excitement trumps it all.

“It's been a great move so far. I’m excited to be here. When I go to town it's great because I have people that just get excited when they find out that I’m working the refuge,” said Farmer.

Prior to accepting the new title as deputy manager, Farmer worked as an assistant manager for Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Montana.

That experience combined with his life-long love for wildlife made him want to get involved with the refuge at Wichita Mountains.

 

"I’m enjoying the fact that I can make a difference. I really am at the position where I can still go out on the field and get my feet dirty but still provide the leadership and direction and create new ideas to help those that are underneath me,” said Farmer.

He says it will take time for him to become familiar with the history of the refuge and how each program and department operates, but he plans to work closely with his team to learn and create lasting benefits.

"Just kind of evaluating and reviewing what's working best and what isn't working so great and make a bunch of small changes at the internal level that can really promote and do great things for the refuge at the more visible level for the general public use and the wildlife,” said Farmer.

Kelly Morgan has worked as a wildlife officer at the refuge for 23 years and witnessed many adjustments during that time.

He says he has confidence in Farmer.

 "I have no reservations about his leadership. He seems to be an excellent guy. He's only been here for two to three weeks but I have talked to him several times and believe he seems very capable."

 

One of the first things Farmer says he plans to focus on are the infrastructure needs including some of the dams which were built in the 1930's as well as repairing the roads throughout the refuge.

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