|Noreen Clough with an alligator at Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery in Georgia.|
Women have a long and proud history, both in the Service and in conservation. Rachel Carson, whose book Silent Spring alerted the American public to the dangers of the indiscriminate use of pesticides; Lucille Stickel, longtime Director of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; Elizabeth Losey, the first female field research biologist in the Service; and scores of other women have used their many and varied talents to protect the wild things and wild places of the world.
Earlier this year, we lost one such pioneer in the conservation world. Former Southeast Region Regional Director Noreen Clough, the first woman to serve as Regional Director for the Service, died January 16 at age 71 after a battle with cancer.