Regional Director Tom Melius. USFWS.
Summer Directorate Meeting
While you are reading this, I am just finishing up a week meeting with the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Directorate team at the Aldo Leopold Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin. We've spent this week discussing how to implement our surrogate species approach and strategic habitat conservation throughout the agency. It’s been helpful to hear lessons being learned across the country and to discuss best practices for implementation. As part of the meeting, we also discussed planning for our Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 budgets. Due to uncertainties in Congress, we continue our contingency planning.
We were also able to host the Directorate at Necedah NWR and get them out on the ground to see all of the wonderful resources and things going on there. From whooping cranes to Karner blue butterflies to the native prairie and sedge meadow habitats, Necedah is a wondering place for wildlife and people. As seen below, we also enjoyed a visit to Aldo Leopold’s historic “Shack.”
I know it's been a busy summer for all of you, doing what you do best: managing landscapes, working with partners, and finding creative solutions to our natural resource challenges. Keep up the great work! This issue highlights some of our success stories and the people who make it happen.
I enjoyed meeting many of our Region’s interns who recently visited the Regional Office as part of our annual Summer Intern Workshop. It was great to see their enthusiasm and interest in the mission of our agency! I hope to see more of them as I get out to additional field stations this summer and fall.
Have a great rest of the summer and enjoy this issue of IR3!
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