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Director's Corner

Meet Service Director Dan Ashe.

Thank You, Veterans

Jonathan Wardell served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne, 2005-2009, and left as a Sergeant.   He served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.  He is now a fish biologist at the Orangeburg National Fish hatchery in South Carolina. See more of our veterans.

In his Second Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln spoke of a time when, although the Civil War still raged, the Union would be at peace.

Lincoln understood that among the moral imperatives arising out of the ashes of war was the obligation “to care for him who shall have borne the battle.”  

This obligation has traditionally been taken to mean caring for wounded veterans and the widows and orphaned children of those killed in battle. But I believe that we have an additional obligation: To utilize all means at our disposal to help veterans heal their spiritual and emotional wounds. 

For the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that means embracing veterans and helping them access the natural world and its restorative powers.


Two Years After Hurricane Sandy, Resilient People and Nature Are Coming Back

Coral reef

Student Conservation Association students Edward Whitehead and Emily Bowles with U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe with a slice of the log they helped cut. Photo credit: Greg Thompson/USFWS

Two years ago today, Hurricane Sandy stormed ashore, bringing tropical storm force winds that extended over an area about 1,000 miles in diameter across the Northeast. Flooding from record storm surge levels in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut did even more damage.

For the families of people who lost their lives, life will never be the same. They and countless others also lost their homes, businesses and irreplaceable memories. I hope you’ll take a moment to remember these losses – and that so many people and communities still need our help to recover. 

In addition to the extensive loss of life, livelihood and property, the region's wildlife and the habitat that supports it were also devastated. National wildlife refuges in 14 states along the Atlantic Coast are still recovering from the damage wrought by Sandy.  


The African Lion Needs Our Help

We proposed listing the African lion as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Credit: Ken Stansell/USFWS

For centuries, the African lion has been the emblem of royalty – and a universal symbol of strength, nobility and power. But as powerful as lions may be, evidence shows that they need our help to survive.

The lion is part of our heritage as global citizens. Ensuring that healthy populations continue to roam the savannah is up to all of us – not just the people of Africa. That’s why today we proposed to protect the lion under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. (RELATED: What We Do for the African Lion)


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