photo of Greg Siekaniec holding an iPad next to Dan Ashe
Then-Refuge System Chief Greg Siekaniec holds the iPad on which Service Director Dan Ashe signed the Conserving the Future implementation charter moments earlier. The charter is available at http://AmericasWildlife.org vision/. (Nick Zukauskas/USFWS)

The charters have been signed and individuals have been named for two of three Conserving the Future implementation teams that Director Dan Ashe mandated to be completed by the end of August.


The charter of the strategic habitat growth team is to develop a plan, policies and support tools to guide strategic growth of the National Wildlife Refuge System in a landscape context. Its members are: Jeff Rupert, co-chair, chief of Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning, Washington office; Eric Alvarez, co-chair chief of Division of Realty, Washington office; Rick Schultz, co-chair, regional refuge chief, Midwest Region; Jonathan Bloomfield, realty specialist, Pacific Region; Kelly McDowell, project leader, Southwest Region; Stacy Salvevold, private lands biologist, Midwest Region; James Burnett, project leader, Southeast Region; Joseph McCauley, regional realty chief, Northeast Region; Will Meeks, project leader, Mountain-Prairie Region; Rob Campellone, Branch of Conservation Planning, Washington office; Bill Uihlein, assistant regional director for science, Southeast Region.


The charter of the urban wildlife refuge initiative team is to develop standards and a framework for an urban wildlife refuge program. Its members are: Cynthia Martinez, co-chair, chief of Division of Visitor Services and Communication, Washington office; Scott Kahan, co-chair, regional refuge chief, Northeast Region; Kim Strassburg, visitor services manager, Pacific Region; Ken Garrahan, regional visitor services chief, Southwest Region; Charlie Blair, project leader, Midwest Region; Sharon Fuller, regional outreach specialist, Southeast Region; Sharon Marino, project leader, Northeast Region; Lorrie Beck, visitor services specialist, Mountain-Prairie Region; Kenton Moos, project leader, Alaska Region; Chantel Jimenez, environmental education specialist, Pacific Southwest Region; Mendel Stewart, project leader, Pacific Southwest Region; Steve Suder, Refuge System transportation coordinator, Washington office; Brad Bortner, chief of Division of Migratory Birds and Habitat Programs, Washington office.


As Refuge Update went to press in late August, the third implementation team specified by Ashe, the Leadership Development Council, was to be named soon. Six other implementation teams were being formed in September to address the vision’s remaining recommendations.