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September 2013

Regional Director Tom Melius (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Regional Director Tom Melius (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

The Success We Achieve Throughout The Year Leaves Lasting Impressions

Hard to believe, but we've already come full circle to the completion of another fiscal year with so much accomplished and much more on the brink of being added to that growing list.

I had the pleasure of seeing first-hand even more of that success, and how our staff continually make their mark, during a recent visit to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.  It was a thrill to see the rocket net training students in action as they worked as a team to learn the safe use of this longstanding technique. Read the Story

I'm also looking forward to another great event coming back to our Region at the end of this month, when we host the Federal Duck Stamp contest.  This year’s event will be held at Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio, as our staff have worked closely with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife to host a top notch event. And, who knows, maybe we will even be able to celebrate yet another winning artist from our region when the judges complete their time honored duties of sorting through a sea of brilliant entries to select the new design. It’s truly an honor to host this event and I salute our staff at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in our Regional Office, at Ducks Unlimited and the many other partners who are making it all come together. Read the Story

Another successful partnership was recently celebrated when staff here in the Regional Office welcomed our partners from Pheasants Forever, who I had the privilege of presenting several awards to. Longtime friend and valued partner Joe Duggan received our Silver Eagle Award and additional Pheasants Forever staff were honored for their collective work with our realty staff throughout the region. Read the Story

Yet another important partnership within the region involves our tribal partners, which is why I am looking forward to the upcoming Tribal Workshop we are hosting later this month at the Prairie Island Indian Community in Minnesota.  This will be the first ever workshop of its kind in our region and we know it will go a long way toward improving the work we do together for our shared interests in conserving, protecting and enhancing wildlife and their habitat.

There is always so much to be proud of as we look upon the accomplishments of the fiscal year, and with the challenges we've faced along the way with tighter budgets, this is no small feat. This new fiscal year will offer many of those same challenges as we see the likelihood of operating under another continuing resolution. I can assure you that we are planning for all contingencies so we can continue forward with the same success we've come to know and expect of ourselves each year.

I'd also like to share with you this link to the Special Edition of Administrative Matters that was recently produced by our national Budget Planning and Human Capital office titled, “The Budget And You.”

I appreciate all of your hard work and your positive attitude even in the face of adversity. Keep up the great work and enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3!

T.O.M.

 

 

 

 


 

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Last updated: September 10, 2013