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Director's Corner

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 This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.

Ted Turner: A Friend of Endangered Species and a Valuable Partner

Lily Tomlin once said: “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”

Thankfully, Ted Turner has always realized that he is somebody, and long ago decided he wanted to do something to help conserve endangered species. And then he got to work, making a real difference in the lives of the black-footed ferret, the red-cockaded woodpecker, wolves and many other species.

While at Ladder Ranch, I joined Dr. Benjamin Tuggle (second from left) and Service staff in some work with wolves. Credit: USFWS

That’s why, this week, I traveled to the Ladder Ranch, in New Mexico, to present Ted Turner and the Turner Endangered Species Fund with our Endangered Species Recovery Champion award.


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