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 This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.

Flying Over Irene's Aftermath

Tuesday was eventful.

This morning, in the office and meeting with Arizona Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles. Then on a late morning flight down to Norfolk, VA, where I made a connection with Region 4's helicopter and pilot Glenn Cullingsford. Glenn took me down to Manteo, NC, where we were joined by Refuge Manager Mike Bryant.

We overflew Pea Island NWR to see the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

I hesitate to say, see the "damage" caused by the storm, because the refuge wasn't "damaged." The human infrastructure was damaged, but the refuge is a barrier island and the hurricane is part of the natural process of ecological change and renewal.

The storm created a new inlet through the middle of the refuge, which you can see in the photo below:


Where we Stand: State of Wyoming and Wolf Management

During the last couple of weeks, we've received a number of comments on this blog and through other venues regarding our negotiations with the State of Wyoming on a plan for managing wolves in that state. I wanted to write you today to let you know that we are listening. I also wanted to let you know where the Service currently stands on this important and emotional issue.