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Mike Styler, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, has named Christopher Keleher as the department’s new species recovery program director.

SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Styler, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, has named Christopher Keleher as the department’s new species recovery program director.

Keleher will assume the position Jan. 1, following the retirement of current program director Henry Maddux, who has served as director for more than five years.

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Since 2012, Keleher has worked as the recovery program deputy director and has been responsible for administering the Endangered Species Mitigation Fund. The fund is designed to prevent new federal listings of species under the Endangered Species Act and to work toward recovering threatened and endangered species currently listed under the act.

As director, Keleher will oversee the mitigation fund and represent department in the June Sucker Recovery and Implementation Program and the Virgin River Resource Management and Recovery Program. He will also represent Utah on the Colorado River Fish Recovery Program.