Regional Director Tom Melius (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Our new budget year has only just begun yet we've already managed to weather our first storm, the 16-day partial government shutdown. Now that we're on the other side of it, I can't say enough how much gratitude I have for each of you and all the tremendous things that you continually do to benefit the Midwest Region.
My thanks extends, not only to those who were furloughed and facing the challenges and uncertainty of meeting personal commitments, but also to those who were still working without pay during that period. Those who were working during the shutdown were the face of our agency and in some cases had to deal directly with the public’s frustration.
Knowing you, as the dedicated and hard working government stewards that you are, I couldn't be more proud of all of you. Whether you were furloughed or on the job during this difficult time, I admire and appreciate your professionalism, patience and hard work.
Now that we're back and fully reopened for business, we can move forward to accomplish even more, but we should also reflect once again on the importance of the work we are doing. Where practical, we can reschedule activities and events that were canceled or postponed for the shutdown. But most of all, we can get back into our stride of what we are known for and what we do best: implementing fish and wildlife conservation here in the Midwest Region. We know that this important work is truly appreciated by the American people and our partners.
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