Dan Ashe served as FWS Director from June 2011 until January 2017. The following is an archive of blogs authored by Director Ashe during that time. This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.
Today, Dan visited the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge located in our Midwest Region. This is Dan's first visit to a field station since he was confirmed as the Service's 16th Director on June 30th.
Dan (left) was joined by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (center) and Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius (right). Secretary Salazar was visiting the refuge to announce recent land acquisitions that will protect valuable habitats and provide recreational opportunities for the urban community that surrounds the refuge.
The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is the only International Wildlife Refuge in North America. The refuge includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands along 48 miles of Detroit River and Western Lake Erie shoreline. Its location is unique -- situated in the heart of a major metropolitan area.
Learn more about the Refuge at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/detroitriver/.