Don Barry has spent more than 39 years working on wildlife, public land and marine conservation issues as a senior governmental official and in the non-profit community. He has spent more than 19 years at the Interior Department, having served as both the Chief Counsel for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and as the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, overseeing the policies and programs of the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service. After his arrival at the Interior Department in 1974, he helped draft the key implementation regulations for the then newly enacted Endangered Species Act (ESA) and he has been involved in every major amendment or reauthorization of the ESA ever since. Don was also the lead counsel for the Department for the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980. Don also worked for 6 years for the Chairman of the House Merchant and Marine Fisheries Committee as the General Counsel for Fisheries and Wildlife, responsible for, among other things, NEPA, the Endangered Species Act and all other federal wildlife conservation laws. Finally, Don has worked for more than 14 years in senior positions in the non-profit conservation community including World Wildlife Fund, The Wilderness Society and the Environmental Defense Fund. He is now working for Defenders of Wildlife as its Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs.

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