A Visit to Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge With My Dad

I'm currently visiting our National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia, but I wanted to catch you up on a busy last week.

After attending Thursday's board meeting with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in DC--who, by the way, are developing a really cool business model that emphasizes species-driven outcomes, very much like our Strategic Habitat Conservation framework--I was off to Massachusetts, home to our Northeast Regional Office and my Dad's home state.

I flew into Logan Airport in Boston Thursday night. After a Friday morning meeting with the Boston Globe, I delivered the keynote address to the annual meeting of the Nashua River Watershed Association. The Association is a great partner and very engaged in helping protect a watershed which encompasses our own Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday was a real treat. I had the chance to visit Oxbow with a great group that included people from the Association and the most important person I can think of--my Dad, Bill Ashe.

Dad was a 37-year veteran of the Service and the former president of the Association. He lives in Harvard, Massachusetts now, which is the hometown for a big part of the Oxbow Refuge.  

The first refuge I remember visiting with my dad was Georgia's Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge in the Southeast region. I must have been 7 or 8 years old at the time. 

Dad and I have gone to dozens of Refuges over the years. But Dad is 82 now, and his days of visiting refuges are limited.

Saturday’s visit to Oxbow will always have a special place in my memory.

Dad holding a map of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

A special thanks to Oxbow Refuge Manager Libby Herland and her top-notch staff who cleared storm-damaged trees from the refuge parking lots and trails.  Without their hard work, Dad and I probably wouldn’t have been able to have another great memory of time well spent at one of our National Wildlife Refuges.

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Janet Norman's Gravatar It's great to see a picture of your Dad... I always enjoyed his visits to the Annapolis/Chesapeake Bay field office. Wish him well, from all the biologists he helped encourage in their careers....
# Posted By Janet Norman | 11/17/11 10:09 PM
Last updated: August 31, 2011