Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge

December 9, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works closely with the Missouri Department of Conservation to protect the threatened Ozark Cavefish in Southwest Missouri. These protected lands provide habitat for the Ozark Cavefish which is protected by Missouri Department of Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land.

Tom Melius, USFWS Midwest Regional Director, met with staff from the Missouri Department of Conservation and Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge on a recent tour of the conservation lands to learn more about this important partnership.

Melius noted that, "because of the strong conservation partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we can pool our resources to better protect the cavefish and other sensitive species."

On hand were: Refuge Manager Ben Mense (Mingo NWR and Ozark Cavefish NWR and Pilot Knob NWR), Assistant Refuge Manager Jason Lewis, (Mingo NWR and Ozark Cavefish NWR and Pilot Knob NWR) and Resource Assistant Jay Steele (Missouri Department of Conservation, Paris Springs Conservation Area).

 

Last updated: February 12, 2013