Secretary of the Interior visits Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar traveled to southern Indiana November 29 to meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff from the state’s three refuges and other Service programs in Indiana. Also joining the Secretary at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge were members of refuge friends groups, representatives Indiana conservation organizations, local officials and leadership from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Secretary Salazar outlined his priorities for the Interior Department, including energy solutions, America’s Great Outdoors initiative, the importance of conservation and recreation to the economy, and the department’s commitment to Native Americans. Salazar praised the efforts of volunteers, who, he said, are critical to the success of Fish and Wildlife Service efforts, especially in times of budget restrictions. Salazar also acknowledged the strong partnership between the Service and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Salazar recognized decades of work for the Service by Donna Stanley, ranger at Muscatatuck, and Bill McCoy, refuge manager at Patoka River. The session ended with questions and answers, with Salazar encouraging Service members to continue doing good work and advising citizens to make their voices heard.
Secretary Salazar talks with USFWS employees from around Indiana at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo by Georgia Parham/USFWS.