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Conserving the Nature
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
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The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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Scott Hicks selected for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s
2018 Science Leadership Award
Scott Hicks, Field Office Supervisor for the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office, is the winner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Science Leadership Award. This award recognizes supervisors who champion the use of science in conservation decision making and who empower their staff to accomplish scientific work and engage the scientific community. It reflects the Service’s continued dedication to strengthening the agency’s use of science in the conservation of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.
“Excellence in science, and its application to natural resource decision making, has always been a hallmark of the Service,” said Acting Midwest Regional Director Charlie Wooley. “Scott is most deserving of this honor. In leading efforts at our Michigan Ecological Services Office with a talented staff and collaboration with great natural resource partners from the state of Michigan, and beyond, Scott has helped ensure a foundation of sound science in our work. Congratulations!”
Trustees restore Menominee Indian Tribe lands
Lands and waters important to the Menominee Indian Tribe were restored as part of efforts under the Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Damage Assessment. After the damage assessment was conducted, the trustee council determined there was work to be done to restore tribal land and water to a healthy state.
Bringing Back Oneida Lake
Restoring resources lost to contamination is a primary goal of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment program. Especially important is restoring resources of cultural importance to Native American tribes. For the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, regaining the use of Oneida Lake is a decades-old dream.
Something’s fishy in Green Bay
The muskellunge is a large freshwater fish native to North America and an exciting sportfish for many anglers in the Midwest. Muskies can be found in lakes and rivers all over the Great Lakes Region, into Canada, and the upper Mississippi River drainage. These days, Green Bay is seen by many as one of the finest muskie-producing bodies of water in North America. But it wasn’t like that just a few years ago.
Illinois-Iowa Field Office initiates partnership with agriculture to make a difference
The American golden plover breeds on the Arctic tundra and migrates through the Midwest to wintering grounds on campos of Uruguay and the pampas of Argentina. During the northward migration back to the breeding grounds, an estimated 60% of the global population makes one of the final stops in agricultural fields near Champaign, Illinois to feed on nightcrawlers and earthworms that are prevalent in this area.
What We Do
- administer the Endangered Species Act
- identify sources of environmental contamination, assess impacts of contaminants to fish and wildlife resources, and help restore contaminated habitats
- ensure that fish and wildlife resources are considered by Federal agencies during project planning and construction of roads, bridges, dams, etc.
- document the extent and status of our Nation's wetlands.
State Field Offices
We have Ecological Services Field Offices in each of the eight upper Midwest States. For project reviews, Section 7 consultation, or information about endangered species that you do not find on this site, please contact the Field Office in your state.
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